Cannot get enough of being online?
Online addiction is a growing phenomenon, whether from home or away.
Starting from the early days of the internet to the social media frenzy now sweeping the globe, online addiction has some common traits.
See if you find yourself doing some of the following things:
- Your opening line is: “So, what’s your homepage address?”
- You see a beautiful sunset, and you half-expect to see “Enhanced for Firefox” on one of the clouds.
- You are overcome with disbelief, anger, and finally depressed acceptance when you encounter a webpage with no links.
- You felt driven to consult the “Cool Page of the Day” on your wedding day.
- One of your best friends is Troy, and you’ve never met him.
- You are driving on a dark and rainy night when you suddenly skid on an oil slick that sends your car straight to a thin guardrail, which is all that separates you from the edge of a rocky cliff and certain death, and you look for a “Back” button in the dashboard of you car.
- You obsessively press the “The Really Big Button That Doesn’t Do Anything.”
- Your dog has his own web page.
- So does your hamster.
- When you read a magazine, you have an irresistible urge to click on the underlined passages.
Welcome to club, and visit this page repeatedly to confirm you really have online addiction disorder.