Tech Lords and Net Addicts
Not more than a decade ago we would’ve denied at the first place to share our personal details like residential address and phone numbers to strangers. But in this age of internet while the social networking sites are at their glorious peak this might even seem a silly question. Let us for now skip the risks of sharing personal data with strangers, whom we only know in the internet realm, not even sure of their original identities.
Why are we so keen in updating our personal details online? Sites like Facebook have the walls of its users are overcrowded with selfies and other pictures which the previous generation shared only in private. The psychological urge of seeking others attention is the major reason behind this.
The definition of internet addition is given as “any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes stress on family, friends, loved ones and one’s work environment”. Ironically I found this definition on the internet (!).
The social networking companies promote such worthless- to be honest- data sharing just because this ensures their site traffic overwhelmingly round the clock. Some psychologists say the internet addiction like any other kind of addictions has definable symptoms, while a few have contradictions over it. If the access to internet via mobile phones had begun this, the arrival of smart phones became the game changer. The smart phones have changed the way we live, ways we communicate with each other and even the patterns of knowing information.
You might be a person who checks on your smart phone screen at least once in every passing minute checking for the alerts about the mails, tweets or the news update from the site you’ve subscribed to. You might be a person who rely more on information you Google rather than the information you gather through real people around you. You might be a hard core gamer who spend break free weekends in front your computer or laptop or tab, be it any, playing online games with people whom you’ll ever know or meet in your life.
Worse, you might be someone who seeks medical advice in internet, characterized by unwillingness to consult a doctor for private problems so as to keep it as private as possible, concealing safely from any other person knowing it. All these are some of the serious behavioral changes that tell you that you’re addicted to internet. The level of addiction varies with the duration of the time spent online and the intensity of your inclination to internet.
Surprisingly than the grown up nation net addiction is more prevalent in growing nations. One of the serious and major issues that China faces currently is the internet savvy Chinese youth. This creates major imbalances in the interpersonal relationships.
To one’s wonder Delhi has its internet de-addiction inaugurated last week with the initiations of an NGO, which focuses on guiding and counseling children to help them come out of their internet addiction and promotes more socialization.
A major behavioral change noticed among intense internet users is the habit of shying away from conflict rather than discussing it to arrive at a solution. For instance, say, a group indulges in a discussion, which turns out to become a heated argument. When all patience is lost netizens are more likely to log out and keep themselves away from the argument. This affects their behavioral patterns in real life where they lack the courage to face a problem and think it’s better to avoid it.
This article highlights just a few effects of internet addiction but the list is too long. Switch of your device and get some fresh air pal.