Thursday, February 4, 2010

Signs & Symptoms of Computer & Internet Addiction

(3-4 yes's suggest abuse; 5 or more suggest addiction)

• Increasing amounts of time spent on computer and internet activities
• Failed attempts to control behavior
• Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and internet activities
• Craving more time on the computer and internet
• Neglecting friends and family
• Feeling restless when not engaged in the activity
• Being dishonest with others
• Computer use interfering with job/school performance
• Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of behavior
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carple tunnel syndrome
• Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities