Many people may suspect that they and other computer users they know are excessive users of computer devices such as laptops, desktops, cell phones, iPads, iPhones, video games and so on. Many people find they feel a need to constantly be on one computer device or the other especially those that enable online access even when they do not have to. This is a sign of computer use addiction.
They also may feel or realize that they have a certain feeling of satisfaction and of being in control, able to do whatever they like without inhibition or have a heady feeling that they do not have to exercise self discipline or self control when using these devices. They may feel a compulsion to get back on these devices even when they have a headache, feel irritable or have a problem with the glare in a bid to continue this uninhibited false feeling of freedom to do as they please. This is the same experience that people who are addicted to other things such as alcohol, psychedelic drugs and so on experience.
These feelings may be amplified if their social life is computer device dependent especially if it is emailing, texting and social website dependent. If in addition, work communication is totally email dependent, an individual may be so highly wired up and lose so much of the ability to handle non computer based conversation that they are unable to express themselves properly in regular human contact situations. This could result in a host of emotional problems such as frustration, anger and disappointment at being misunderstood by others.
In some cases, individuals may fall into virtual entrapment and become trapped in a fantasy world of their own unable to handle reality. Today there are virtual worlds created online where individuals can buy virtual property, have a virtual family and have a virtual life that is under their control just the way they want it hence dehumanizing the human life experience. These virtual worlds are very expensive.
The health hazards as we can see, are multifaceted as brain biochemicals become depleted resulting in over firing of excitative ones like dopamine and noradrenalin, which in turn could result in severe biochemical imbalances and subsequent behavioral and mental issues over time as well as issues mimicking heart, allergy and organ malfunction problems as well as cancer
I hope I have began to get you to start thinking about your computer use and the need for moderation and control to avoid excessive addiction
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