Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Addicted to Technology?

Are you addicted to your cellular, email, the internet or MSN? Can you live off the grid for a week, long enough to take a vacation? How often do you check your email? Is it the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up? Do you check it more often than you inhale? How many hours a day do you spend checking, reading or sending emails? Would you rather email someone instead of a face-to-face communication? Addictions are serious problems but are people really addicted to technology or is it just compulsive behaviour? I am no expert but take this on-line test to measure whether or not you are possibly addicted to the internet. There is also, research showing that addicted people who attempt to cut themselves off from their emails, cellular, internet, etc. actually begin to go through withdrawal symptoms like irritability and depression.

Some signs of addiction to look out for are: inability to stop using, craving more and more, neglecting family and friends, feeling empty, depressed and irritable when not able to use them for long periods of time, problems at work. Some physical signs of abuse include migraine headaches, backaches, skipping meals, neglecting personal hygiene, changes in sleep patterns, etc. Addictions usually mask a deeper problem, so if you think you know someone who may be addicted ask him or her to take this on-line test.

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