I never should have started on this path. I have stumbled on "Internet Addition Disorder," which disproportionately affects Chinese internet users, and a blog devoted to recovery.
What is Internet Addiction Disorder? Well, there is a test to see if you have it:
- Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous on-line activity or anticipate next on-line session)?
- Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
- Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
- Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
- Do you stay on-line longer than originally intended?
- Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
- Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
- Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
Answering "Yes" to five of the eight questions means you are addicted. What a stupid test. Most of these questions apply to everyone. Don't they? Please say they do. Please.