Thursday, January 29, 2009

are you a computer addict?

you feel empty when you are not surfing the net. you wake up early or stay up late working on the computer. you believe your best friends are those whom you met only online.
these are all symptoms of a new form of addiction that has emerged only in recent years-computer addiction.

cant just stop
the definition of computer addiction is quite fuzzy because the term covers a wide range of addictions. but most experts agree that when you use the computer so often that you cant already do your other activities, and if you are unable to stop using the computer despite negative consequences, you are already a computer addict.
there are those people who are literally addicted to the computer as a physical object. they become addicted to activities performed addicted to activities performed on a computer like instant messaging, playing online games, checking email, and reading blogs or posts on newsgroups. these activities are collectively referred to as computer-mediated communication (CMC). on the other hand, computer addiction focused on internet use is often called internet addiction disorder (IAD).

as with any addiction, there are also signs in computer addiction. Maressa Hecht Orzack, a psychologist from Harvard University in the United States, came up with a list of signs and symptoms of computer addiction:

here are the symptoms you have to watch out for:
* you use the computer for pleasure, gratification, or relief from stress.
* you feel irritable and out of control or depressed when you're not using the computer.
* you spend increasing amounts of time and money on hardware, software, magazines, and computer-related activities.
* you neglect work, school, or family obligations.
* you lie about the amount of time spent on computer activities.
* you fail to control your computer use, even if you have tried so many times already.

Negative Effects :
excessive computer use affects your social, emotional, and physical, well-being. as you spend more and more time on the computer, you spend less and less time for your family and friends, thus relationships begin to suffer.
using a mouse and a keyboard for many hours every day can lead to repetitive stress injuries. sitting at computer desks for a long time causes for a long time causes back problems. late-night computer sessions cut into sleep time, leading to sleep deprivation.
someone who spends hours at a computer is obviously not getting any exercise, so computer addiction can indirectly lead to poor overall physical condition and even obesity.

so do you consider your self as a computer addict?
for me ? YES, iam .. LOL

1 comment:

Jason said...

I don't neglect my responsibilities, I eat a balanced meal, I make sure I get enough exercise, but I spend 12 hours a day in front of the computer. Does that make me an addict? hehe