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Are you addicted to the Internet?

Are you addicted to the Internet?
By: Jeff Cunningham

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --In today's world it's possible to get a college degree and never actually set foot on the university campus.  People are spending more and more time online and like with anything.  Too much of a good thing is not good.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists anything that can be wrong with us emotionally.  One thing you won't find, internet addiction, but Dr. Ken Callis psychology professor at SEMO says internet addiction is real.

A lot of us like to get online.  Google, shop, chat.  Myspace has thousands online right now. but how do you know when your fingers have been doing too much walking?  Dr. Callis says there are two things to look for.

  1. Tolerance.  You have to spend more time online to get the same enjoyment....
  2. Withdrawel.  You would feel actual emotional or physical pain if you stopped.

Here are some things to look for to help you figure out if you may be spending too much time crusing the information superhighway....

  • Is your spouse or are other family members complaining about your internet usage?
  • you're not performing as well at work because of the internet.
  • You ignore social relationships.
  • You're losing sleep.
  • You hide your internet usage from others.

All signs that you may need help and Dr. Callis says help is out there.  There are 12 step programs available.  But the first step to is to get a accountability partner.

The fact that internet addiction is not found may affect whether or not your insurance will cover your treatment.

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