Like cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol, the Internet is becoming an obsession that robs people of their time, money, relationships, and faith walks. “The Internet can offer a really great experience, and for many people, this is not a problem,” says author Jan Kern. “But for some, it can easily become an obsession. Without realizing it, we get sucked into activities that rob us of the amazing identity, resources, and relationships God has in mind for us. We can become so drawn in by the virtual satisfaction of our wants and desires that we miss the opportunity to see how God might meet those needs more fully in real life.”
Signs of Internet Obsession
Researchers are still debating whether people can actually become addicted to their online experience, but Stanford University’s Impulse Control Disorders Clinic has found “clear similarities” between Internet obsession and other addictions. Termed Internet Addictive Disorder (IAD), this compulsion results in people struggling to relate offline, avoiding human connection, and even putting off meals, work, and sleep. Gaming, shopping, or cybersex becomes the very focus of their existence.
Be cautious: You or a loved one may be spending too much time online if you find yourselves:
- Experiencing euphoria when using a computer or smartphone.
- Regularly losing track of time, forgetting responsibilities, or arriving late to appointments.
- Fighting insomnia or sleep deprivation.
- Becoming defensive or angry when asked about Internet use.
- Becoming moody, irritable, or depressed if you cannot access the Internet.
- Foregoing quiet time or church activities to stay online.
- Concealing Internet use from family & loved ones.
- Using the Internet to escape from stress or a bad mood.
Dual Diagnosis: Drug or Alcohol Addiction & Internet Compulsion
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“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16