The internet can be a great source of information and helpful to businesses for advertising. It can make your life easy when it comes to purchasing goods or services. The internet can also be a place where people can get trapped in their addictions. No matter what type of addiction you have, if it is affecting your life, family and relationships it is time to take a closer look at your habits and maybe think about getting some help. I recently chatted with the owners of Liberty Home Rehab in Cape Town over a cup of coffee and gained some interesting insights into the threats posed by our rapidly increasing obsession with the internet and Social Media.
The internet can be a place where many different kinds of addictions can be found:
Social media addiction
Having to check your Facebook messages and pages every five minutes? Spending too much time on other platforms like, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp? Is it impacting your life in such a way as to be causing you negative social and relationship issues? Then you might have a social media addiction. It is time to take actions like reducing your online time or if it is really bad, seeking professional help.
The internet has made it too easy to do many things. Online banking, online shopping, basically you can buy anything online without even leaving your home. Online compulsions can include anything from gambling online, online shopping, and trading stocks. Even auctions and bidding sites can be a lure to some people. It is difficult to resist an easy way to place a bet or buy an item you don’t need.
I hear of many people joining dating sites or having met someone online. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but when it starts to become an obsession, it should send up some red flags. Relationships online can have some negative consequences, especially if the online relationship becomes more important than those friends and family members who are physically around you.
This form of addiction seems to becoming more prolific in our society. Cyber-sex addiction can involve pornography and other adult websites. Cape Town rehab owners, Phillip and Morgane are both experienced in dealing with all forms of addiction, having personally struggled with their own demons. Personally I don’t think anybody should be watching such things, but others might disagree. So when needing to watch pornography and related websites becomes excessive and starts to interfere with your personal relationships, treatment should be considered. Other consequences can be jail if left untreated and you are found guilty of child pornography, which in my opinion is on a whole other level.
Online information addiction
Do you find yourself surfing the web, looking up topics and other types of information constantly. Today you have your PC, your laptop, IPad, cell phones; you can take your device anywhere and be constantly inline. It is very easy to slip into an addiction without even knowing it. Being connected most of time can rob you of many hours, in this time you could have been doing something more constructive and healthy. Have a look at the time you spend online and your other habits to see if you think you suffer from online information addiction.
Just like the previous addictions, if you think you are spending too much time online, ask for help. Computer gaming can be fun and exciting, but there is a time to stop and live life properly. Playing games in moderation should not be a problem, but if you find yourself playing the whole day and not even realizing it is two in the morning, then I think you need to take a reality check. Isolating yourself and becoming obsessed with a game will only help to cause friction in your close relationships. Not to mention your body might also take a dive for the worse, eating incorrectly and not exercising.
Technology is growing and changing every day, being aware of how you are using these tools is a first step to creating balanced lifestyle.