Every time a new diet comes out, do you know someone who is already on it? They may be diet addicts. According to Brainz, diet addicts constantly feel the need to live up to standards that are virtually impossible to obtain. They even discuss healthy, neurological ways to counter a diet addiction.
You have no control on the amount of time you spend online. You just don’t seem to be able to limit yourself. Hours often slip by while you’re online.
So perhaps the internet is a blessing – if you aren’t tethered to it night and day! So how many hours do you spend at the keyboard? If you feel some carpal tunnel creeping in, eyes watering, blurred vision, and find yourself checking emails every 30 seconds, then.
Set Reasonable Goals. What you want to do is structured your sessions online by setting reasonable goals. Instead of saying all beyond computer for 30 hours a week, set more realistic goal of 15 hours for example. Doing this will help organized your time.
If so, join the crowd! All of us have done it at one point or another, but it is becoming more and more common as we grow accustomed to instant communication, instant gratification. We turn on the computers in the morning and check emails with our first cup of coffee, and turn them off right before going to bed – after one last glance at our inbox, of course!
I did a search for information addiction on Google a few minutes ago (please refrain from pointing out the irony of searching for information about information addiction on the internet, I know it’s hypocritical). There’s actually a wikipedia entry about information addiction, albeit a short one, as well as another entry about smartphone addiction. Upon reading both of those, I realized that i was actually suffering from some sort of disorder. Basically a technological ADD.
Disengage. You can have your internet connection cut off from your home. If you need to surf the Web, you can go to public libraries, which can also control your Internet habits. This will also force you to just go out and do something else.
Striking out at Others – Yes, I am guilty of this too. And yes, I do get a temporary relief of frustration and anger for a couple of minutes, but the cost we pay at the end of the day after lashing out at someone is catastrophic. Why do we lash out at others? Mainly because we cannot vent at the real source, so in Freudian terms, we “displace” our anger on someone else. Our aggression is always caused by frustration. Although we have a temporary release of emotional tension, the interpersonal problems which this brings about only increases stress on a large scale.