Have you ever wanted just to check your mail staying at the computer all night long instead? That’s how a disease of the new generation is born. Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We use one click to send letters to somebody who is 1000 kilometers away from us, watch new movies, read literature which can not always be found in a library and talk to people whom we have never seen before.
Over 2 million people are using Internet today. According to prognosis, amount of net surfers is doubled worldwide every year.
Psychologists are studying the new phenomenon of Internet dependence which exists alongside with alcoholism, drug addiction and propensity for gambling.
Lets’ enumerate the main signs proving you are Internet dependent. First and foremost, you can’t control amount of time spent by computer. You are also trying to conceal from others what you were doing.
You suffer from consequences caused by spending the whole day by computer including failure to perform important duties and headaches.
You overestimate the role of computer in your life and refuse to listen to others who express critical points of view.
You experience a mixed feeling of euphoria and guilt thinking about the time spent on the Internet. You can also get depressed if something prevents you from net surfing.
You think only about virtual reality even if you are far from computer.
You turn to Internet when you are sad or depressed and have financial problems because of your computer activity. Let’s see how much time a person spends in net and what it is he could do in the meantime.
This is Anton, who is 26 years old. He starts surfing the net as soon as he has free time. He wished he could go for a walk instead.
Hasan is 21 years old. He spends 11 hours a day in the Internet. Instead of that he could devote more time to his musical band.
Victoria, 20, wished she could work harder as an architect instead of wasting 7 hours a day on the Internet.
Andrey, 24 years old, could record tracks of his own instead of staying in the net for 10 hours a day.
Dilya, 23, wished she could spend more time in the kitchen sharpening her culinary skills.
Vitaly says he would rather get second higher education instead of sitting at his computer 12 hours a day.
Olga, 22, spends 8 hours a day on net surfing. She wished she could travel more.
Nerses, 22, who is always online, could perfect his musical skills.
Vitaly, 24, wished he could go in for sports. But now he spends 10 hours a day on surfing the net.
Oxana, 28, is online 12 hours a day. She would like to spend the time on something more useful.
There is another group of people who use the net for working purposes or they just think so. For example, Ivan, 28, promotes goods and services through the Internet and is online 16-18 hours a day. He confesses that many hours are wasted on reading different news articles. He has many hobbies and wants to spend more time on one of them.
Kairat, 24, HR-manager is online to 23 hours a day. Just one hour is spent on entertainment in his case. If he had to work less he would invite his girlfriend to the cinema instead of chatting or looking at her pictures saved at the computer.
Alexander, 19, is online 18-20 hours a day. According to his opinion, information published in social nets can be used in further work. He also shares his ideas by means of the net and can’t imagine how social activity can be carried out without it.
Molder, 23, journalist, spend 6-8 hours a day in the Internet. When she is free, she can use the net for making new acquaintances and contacts. She thinks that being a blogger is a very useful thing as it not only provides you with money but gives you an opportunity to express your opinion.
Baglan, 25, analytic, is online to 4 hours a day. He believes that Internet can provide us with information that seems useless today but can be appreciated tomorrow. He is not fond of online games and thinks that blogs enable us meeting a lot of good people.
Shavkat, 50, spends 12 hours on net surfing. According to his words, many young people communicate at the primitive level. They don’t discuss important things and just chat with their friends. That’s how they get dependent as Internet helps them in creation of a desirable icon which can substitute the real personality. It’s worth remembering that living in a virtual world makes you closer to severe physicological disorders.