I am addicted to the Internet. Internet is my life-supporting machine.
I am a student and still I find the time to check my e-mail, chat with my friends, read news, forums and on and on.
I need “to know” and I need “to have” more than ever before. I want to get my latest news. I want to spread the news to my online and offline friends, who, I might add, are doing exactly the same. I need to get a new book or … or gadget just because it is there and easy to get, no need to drive and look for parking at the mall. Don’t you love these FREE offers? All this is in addition to already being entertained on the Internet watching YouTube, listening to online streaming radio stations. Do you do the same?
Do I have to mention sleeping disorder?
It is not hard to find out if you’re addicted to the Internet. Do you find that when you get online you’re frequently surprised by the amount of time that has passed?! Do you find yourself staying home instead of enjoying a beautiful day outside because you’d rather use the Internet and you still love that?
There’s a recent study that I’ve read somewhere, found that more than one in eight people show signs that they could be suffering from some form of internet addiction.[ad]
How do you cure this problem? Google “Internet Addiction” and log on to a bunch of websites in your bookmarks? Instant Message other sufferers? Join an Internet support group? Beta-test some new online web application? Share your thoughts and try to know more. Trying to buy something from your favorite on-line store (after performing an extensive price comparison on other websites)? Drinking cofe and juices all day as you sit and stare to your screen.
In China, parents send their children as young as 12 to the first officially licensed clinic for Internet addiction at the Beijing Military Region Central Hospital (Believe it or not). That is after their kids skip school to spend time playing online games and visiting chat rooms. These kids are admitted suffering from depression, nervousness, panic, fear, agitation, unwillingness to interact with others, sleep disorders, the shakes and numbness in their hands. The daily schedule at the center begins at 6 a.m. and includes electric shock treatment and the administration of intravenous drips to “adjust the unbalanced status of brain secretions”.
I know, This sounds “a little” extreme to some. How about a gentler American way of approaching this problem? How about using a new high-tech device called SnoopStick?
SnoopStick is a very small USB flash drive device that will allow someone to fully monitor and limit your access to the Internet from any other computer on the Internet. Just run the set-up program on your computer then unplug the device and give it to your trusted friend. Your friend will plug Snoop Stick to your computer (at home or office) and at any time will be able to monitor your Internet use and disable your access to the Internet if needed. You can also specify the times when you will be able to access Internet and SnoopStick will enforce this schedule.
Stay aware, alert, and in control of your Internet with Snoop Stick.
By the way, I believe that this device would NOT work properly on other platforms like Linux because most of the functions done with the software will not be done. So, It should work only on a Windows-Based computers.