You may be wondering whether you’re an internet and technology addict. The following questions can give you some food for thought and act as a guide to judge your situation. If you answer yes to most of the following questions, ITAA may be helpful for you.
- Do you hide or lie about your internet and technology use?
- Do you feel emotionally absent when you are not using internet and technology?
- Have you ever taken a break from internet and technology use and binged uncontrollably upon your return?
- When upset, do you soothe yourself with internet and technology or plans to use internet and technology?
- Is internet and technology use the first thing you do when you wake up?
- Is internet and technology use the last thing you do before you go to bed?
- Do you set limits around internet and technology use and then break them, using longer than intended?
- Do you lose hours of sleep to internet and technology use?
- Have you called in sick or late to work or skipped classes to use the internet or technology?
- Have you sworn off an internet and technology behavior, uninstalled or blocked it, and later returned to it?
- Do you feel guilt and shame around your internet and technology use?
- Does internet and technology use contribute to the avoidance or abandonment of personal relationships?
- Do you find yourself unable to focus on anything other than internet and technology?
- Have you suffered financial or career problems from compulsively using internet and technology?
- Do you wish you weren’t using the internet and technology at the same time as feeling you can’t stop?
- Do you have internet and technology binges that last all night, or for multiple days in a row?
- Do you avoid social events to use the internet or technology?
- Do you eat while using internet and technology or forget to eat while using internet and technology?
- Do you have intense feelings (highs, lows, anger, fear) while using internet and technology?
- Do you use the internet and technology to numb your feelings?
Most of us who now identify as internet and technology addicts answer yes to many of these questions. If you have answered yes to several of them, you might consider how much you have in common with us and consider experimenting with the solutions that have worked for us.
You might consider these additional questions while thinking about any obsessive and compulsive behavior you might have around internet and technology use. Many of us have answered yes to these questions as well.
- Do you find yourself obsessively researching a topic, product or decision online, beyond any productive return?
- Do you watch videos, movies or tv shows online without being able to stop?
- Do you get get sucked into internet and technology activities without realizing it?
- Do you use internet and technology to disappear from the world?
- Do you binge on internet and technology right before a big deadline?
- Do you neglect personal hygiene when using internet and technology?
- Do you feel irritable and restless when you don’t use internet and technology for a few days, or a few hours?
- Do you envy people who can use internet and technology in moderation?
- Do you feel like you are constantly running out of time?
- Have you suffered any physical pains from intense internet and technology use?
- Is anybody in your life worried by your internet and technology use?
Compulsive internet and technology use is a condition that strikes both adults and children, sometimes at a young age and sometimes later in life. Like other addictions, it does not discriminate based on age, educational level, race or ethnicity. By damaging our potential, sense of self, and quality of life, our addiction can impair our lives; and by contributing to depression, suicidal tendencies, and other mental health issues, our addiction can be life-threatening. If you answered yes to these questions, we encourage you to participate in one of our online meetings to experience whether this fellowship may help you recover from any problematic or destructive patterns you are suffering from.