I am not like most people. I am constantly connected to the outside world. My phone, my tablet, and my laptop are typically within an arm’s reach no matter where I happen to be. It is just so convenient for me to have all of these things on hand. Now, I know that there are other people like me who stay connected constantly, but there are some people who are worse off than I and these always connected people are. Some people are actually addicted to the internet.
Internet addiction is not officially recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but it is being considered for it. It is a serious illness that should not be overlooked. I had a close friend who was addicted to television and directv in Washington, and unfortunately it was never cured and he is still watching it constantly. To know if you or someone you might be addicted to the internet, look for some of these more common symptoms:
Moodiness or depression due to withdrawal.
Too much usage that interferes with daily life.
Lying about how often usage is.
Refusing to sleep or perform other tasks to stay on the internet.