Counseling - Computer Addiction

Counseling – Computer Addiction

Computer addiction is basically found to be of two types. The compulsive disorder can make one stick to the computer either offline or online. The offline addiction may happen due to keeping busy with the downloaded versions of games or watching movies continuously. Online computer addiction is more common than offline and there are multiple kinds of options that keep people glued to the screen. The examples of online computer addiction are playing games, uncontrollable email checking, watching videos and movies on the loop, checking notifications of every other social media accounts, unnecessary shopping, or simple random browsing on the internet.

Computer addiction has mainly been observed in males. Depression and anxiety are the prime reasons for any person to suffer from computer addiction, regardless of age and gender. The games, TV series, and videos are crafted in such a way that all of these things prime the person’s mind to watch more and more. Switching the computer may ultimately give a feeling of missing out something important. The adrenalin rush running through one’s body and mind after watching a game or a super-exciting episode turns the situation into a highly addictive one. The taste of instant gratification and freeness of interacting in the virtual world are other reasons working behind the computer addiction.

Those who are suffering from anxiety and depression in an unknown way are more prone to become addicted to the computer. Nonetheless, looking for a relieving solace in the wrong place like online or offline computer world actually worsens the case, leading to even more severe forms of depression. Longer hours of screen time have harmful effects on the health of eyes, poor brain activities, sleep disorders, feeling lonely, lost, and irritated. Once the computer is shut down, life would seem dull to an addict as there is no drama or rush of such levels in the real life. Urgent and important issues of personal life such as health, spending time with family, work-life etc look mundane and one might lose interest in all these aspects of life.

The best measure to reduce and eliminate computer addiction from the life is using outside helps like behavioral therapy, joining self-help groups. One can also take stronger actions like restricting the computer use to purely important purposes, like work, bill-payments etc. Noting down the logged hours may also help in tracking and limiting the computer use. Participating more in real-life activities, accepting help and support from friends and family are some of the other wonderful ideas that actually work. Instead of keeping the computer in the sleep mode, it is safer to shut it down after the necessary work has been done. Starting the computer would require much effort and act as a good reminder to not use it for trivial purposes.

For a better mental, physical, and social health, it is very crucial to recognize the computer addiction which is spreading like a sweet poison in the society. There is no shame in seeking help from others. Addiction to the computer should be taken seriously as it does the same damages as alcohol, drug or any other form of addiction.

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