Internet Addiction Disorder, the name of the disorder itself explains the main culprit of abnormal or dysfunctional behaviour and emotion is internet.
There are other mediums of media that a person can be addicted to, like television, radio, newspaper, etc., but in this era, in terms of technological advancement, internet has boomed and is taking a place as a central medium in media.
Addiction basically means when an individual becomes dependent on a particular substance and that substance provides them with relief from stress or relaxes them when they worry about something else. An addict may become calm after using that substance and feel contended.
Internet is just like a substance for many addicts to feel good. Just answer yourself these questions to understand where you lie on the scale of being an internet addict:
- Do you feel severe urges to be online on social media platforms (one or more) to not miss anything?
- Do you spend the majority of the day in playing video games?
- Do you find that your other aspect of life (like relationships, family, friends, work, etc.) are being distant from you because of your involvement with social media?
Answering yes to such question indicates that its time to talk mental health professional. Talking to a mental health professional does not mean that we are sick, we can talk to them to be more productive in life or to adjust better in life