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Computer addiction is the latest compulsive behavior. How much time do you spend on the PC? Are you gambling? Having cyber sex? Here's where you'll find out if you're a computer addict.
Just because you spend a lot of time on the computer, doesn't make you an addict. Many people spend time on the PC.
The way you can assess if you're a PC addict, is to ask yourself how long you've been on the net. Ask yourself if you spend more time with the computer then you spend with actual people.
Another clue is how much money you spend on the net. Many have gone into debt with internet gambling, or spent lots of money on internet chat rooms, sex services and cyber games. Check if you have these symptoms.
Symptoms of Internet Addiction
You don't set limits
You lie or cover up how much time you spend on the PC
You compromise your morals and values due to anonymity
You place importance on your computer and defend your behavior
You feel a rush and then feel guilt due to the time spent on line
You feel depressed or anxious when you're interrupted on the computer
You've spent too much money due to charges and other costs on the net.
If you have at least one of these symptoms, you may have a computer addiction and here's what to do.
Tips to Stop PC Addicts
1) Monitor you're browsing time
2) Set times during the day to handle e-mails --personal or otherwise
3) Go cold turkey. No internet for 1 day & work up to a full weekend.
4) During work hours, do work - no surfing, Twitter, Facebook, gambling etc.
5)Go invisible. Disable sound alerts, pop-ups, etc.
6) Restrict your 'play time'
7) Can't sleep? Read, listen to music. Don't go on the computer
8) Go early to bed
9) Get involved in non-computer activities: join a gym, play sports, talk on the phone with friends -- not on line.
10) Create a 'to do' list for your PC so you stay focused when surfing
Similar to other addictions, there is something missing in your life and the computer is filling a void. You may be in a
The computer becomes a substitute for that.
Computer Addiction effects problem gambling
Gamblers are always enticed to gamble on line. Many computer addicts can't sleep so they
and go on the chats. The cyperworld never sleeps. And you don't have to have social skills when you're on the PC.
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is a growing problem, and computer addicts are getting younger all the time. If you or someone you know has a problem, get help.
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