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Is Your Teenager Addicted To The Internet?

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments


I’ve had to ban my teenage son from using the internet for a day while we’re on a family beach holiday.

The reason for the restraint? The first thing he does in the morning is log on to the internet. The last thing he does before going to bed at night? The internet. In between, he will sit there all day if we let him, chatting on msn messenger, posting on his blog, checking for the latest hysterical video on youtube, looking up sporting statistics and post-match commentary, leaving messages on his friends’ Facebook walls.

It’s tough to get him off it and apart from increasingly bad posture as he sits hunched over his laptop, he just can’t think straight after a lengthy session on the net.

According to, a 2006 article in the journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care said the internet can “promote addictive behaviors”.

The article listed danger signs as:
1. You become irritable when you can’t use it.
2. The Internet goes down and you lose your mind.
3. You start to hide your usage.

The real measure of an addict is withdrawal signs when the internet is taken off them.

After an hour of being in a room with a computer but unable to use the internet, my son told me that he was going mad because he desperately needed to check something on Facebook. My husband and I realised that we were doing the right thing.

After two hours he finally emerged from his room and started interacting with his little brother. Who knows by dinner time we may even be able to engage him in a conversation. Although that may still be way too much to ask of a teenage boy, internet addiction or not.

Tags: Addiction · Rules · Self-esteem · Technology

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