If we take a good look at the meaning of addiction we find it is the repetition of a behavior that can have harmful repercussions. Now the entire world is shaking with the fever of technology addiction which is accompanied by internet addiction as well. Or you can say to some extent they are synonyms. The advance if emails, social networking is advanced by the faster speed of the internet. That is why people are more bowed towards technology which on hand completes their job, makes it faster and convenient while on the other it adds to their entertainment. This kind of addiction is known as a genuine mental disorder which is contentious.
It is difficult to blame only on computers and laptops as smartphones and iPhone, iPad is, on the other hand, seems like dominating us to its fullest. More than adults, the younger generation seems to be more addicted towards technology. The new apps of different websites take away their minds away from the field of their study. They lose more time in chatting, browsing on the internet rather than focusing on their career.
But apart from socializing, teens are bewitched with video games which fall under the category of technology addiction. The launch of Xboxes and PlayStations seems to cast a spell on teens which causes them again to leave their studies and spend hours on playing them. They play till they reach the top or succeed. Recently a game like the flappy bird was removed from all websites as teens spend more times on playing them. And the news was out in the air that a teen committed suicide as he could not win the game.
An addiction is likely to be present if some of the following behaviors persist:
- a compulsive need to be online
- have access to devices
- forgetting to sleep or eat while gaming
- loss of interest in activities other than gaming
- spending hours in front of the computer without taking breaks
- inability to leave a game and go to attend daily tasks
- poor performance at school due to gaming
- poor performance at work due to gaming
- increased communication and friendships with other gamers
- irritability, depression when not engaged in gaming or perhaps technology
Parents become helpless and in many cases fails to bring back their child from this technology addiction. They keep insisting to study, concentrate on careers whereas teens get irritated and precipitate very rudely with their parents. This causes parents either to keep quiet and let their children have their way of life or seizes away their devices. Experts recommend parents to make the matter seriously as the case is sensitive and explain them both the significance and value of life. Any violence from the side of parents can affect their children’s mental health and behavior.
We were talking about the younger generation all this time. But what about the adults? They too are addicted to technology. On a survey done in America, it has been reported that at least 30% of the business workers check their emails 30-45 times in thirty minutes. Yes, certainly an email is important to any businessman or women when it is related to business. But checking emails for this many times, what will we call them? Technology addicts?
Adults should learn to take care of themselves with their own interest. They cannot be too much addicted to technology or cannot depend on technology too much to do their works behalf of them.