Technology can pose as an advantage to society, but with such benefits come disadvantages as well. For, a number of people use the internet to access resources that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, such as; the news, and other important information. But, when these simple accesses stem into full fledged addiction, internet may no longer be seen as a friend to them, but rather an enemy. In turn, it is important to know how far is too far, and to always be on the lookout for signs of technology addiction, not only in ourselves, but in those around us, so that action can be taken within the early stages.
First and foremost, technology addiction is defined as, “an impulse control disorder that involves the obsessive use of mobile devices”. Yet, even so, in today’s world we oftentimes struggle to distinguish such, since we surround ourselves, and are surrounded by technology on a daily basis. It is everywhere that we turn. On billboards, on television, etc. And consequently, in response, we find ourselves desensitized to it because we are so used to it just “being there”.
But, when technology is taken away from the life of an individual and he/she finds himself/herself struggling to cope, this may be an issue that he/she needs to take at face value. For, some symptoms of internet addiction are as follows; “feeling preoccupied with the internet by thinking about previous online activity, feeling the need to use the internet excessively to achieve satisfaction, feeling anxious when away from technology, feeling the need to respond immediately to one’s smartphone, etc”. But, these are only a few of the several signs to watch out for, as many others remain.
In conclusion, this form of dependence serves as a great cause for concern, as it is one addiction in particular that can easily slip under the radar. Someone may even poke fun of it by saying that he/she is addicted to the internet because he/she likes/enjoys live streaming. And since technology is now seen as an essential tool, and/or aspect, many may find it hard to displace themselves from their phones, and other devices, and enjoy the day for what it is, rather than from behind a small rectangle screen. As a result, technology addiction can happen to anyone, even those seen as the most strong minded. But, even so, those who are struggling to regain their life back, mustn’t fear talking to someone close, and/or seeking help/treatment because they can overcome.