According to a Fox News.com article titled, “One in 10 Video-Game Players Addicted, Study Finds”, it says, in part,
Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) and the National Institute on Media and the Family found that some gamers show at least six symptoms of gambling addiction such as lying to family and friends about how much they play games, using the games to escape their problems and becoming restless or irritable when they stop playing.
Having read the above article, I began thinking. What about other people like bloggers and those who spend an excessive amount of time engaging in social media? Do they become addicted, too?
Mary articles are posted online pointing to how people are becoming addicted to the internet and to social media. Some claim it’s an epidemic and have labeled it as “Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).
Social media addiction has become so prevalent, support groups have been formed on FaceBook.
If it hasn’t happened already, I’m guessing Twitter will be next.
We often hear bloggers joking about being addicted to blogging.
That makes me wonder, are we the next to form a support group?
With blogging keeping us glued to our blogs hammering out posts, checking for comments, reviewing our statistics, jumping from blog to blog leaving comments, changing our themes, logging in to review subscriber counts and possible income from our advertising accounts, we’re a prime example of who could easily become addicted.
Not to worry though, there are now tests online to see if we indeed have a problem.
For those who want to know if they are addicted to social media sites, here’s a 14 question quiz titled, Social Media Addition Test
Upon completion of the test, there’s a widget we can add to our site showing our readers the results.
When I look at how so many people become addicted to video games, social media sites and spending too much time online, I realize this is a serious matter.
It’s more than just enjoying the interactions and making cyber friendships.
For some, it’s a much deeper rooted issue.
Do you feel you spend too much time blogging?
Do you think you might be addicted or see the potential of becoming addicted?
I often joke how I’m a blogoholic. I now realize it’s not so funny.
What do you think?
P.S. To read more about internet addiction, Dr. Kimberly S. Young has written a book titled, Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction—and a Winning Strategy for Recovery
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