Pushing the Limits – The inability to limit your usage online is clearly a sign of addiction. You shout down the hall that you are almost done to your family and another hour goes by before you shut down the machine. This is bad, very bad.
If we all need food to live, how can it become an addiction? Dr. Mark Hyman discusses the obesity epidemic and how a food addiction can be part of that. He also discusses which foods are more prone to addiction.
Learn to discriminate unhealthy reactions to stress: distinguish between reactions that are detrimental and those that are beneficial. Always remember: acting under stress will only make the situation worse.
People now find it hard to interact with others in a real social setting. A friend of mine complained that she went to dinner with her friends and all they did during the evening was to check Google to help them resolve disputes and find out petty information. It got to the stage where she had to give them rules where they could only access the Internet 3 times each during the night and even that was hard for them. The conversations also revolved around Twitter and Facebook!
Limit the time you spend on the internet. Decide on a time to limit yourself on the use of internet. As soon as your time is up, remind yourself that you can still browse the next day. Turn of the computer and go outside. Take a walk and think about the things you will do to keep you busy. This will help you take away your mind from the use of internet, thus preventing your rationalization of extending more time. Plan a schedule ahead such as conducting a meeting with your loved ones after your time is up.
Another difference is that a techneck doesn’t know who his or her neighbors are! He/she might sneak a peak as they pull into their garage, or barbeque something in their back yard, but the techie wants nothing to do with in-your-face personal relationships except of course on Facebook where a techneck will have at least ten thousand friends all of which are techies too, which make the impersonal communications so much more delicious.
If you spend close to 24 hours online and it is damaging a lot of aspects in your life and your personal relationships, then there is a huge chance you can already be suffering from smartphone addiction.
So, how do you know if you are a social media addict? Well, there are all kind of studies on addiction and books on why they occur. I believe that like most addictions in life, you know when you have a problem, whether you admit it or not.