In China, internet addicts get sent to prison. How do I know if I’m addicted to the internet?

The internet can be a hero for quick research and keeping in touch with friends, but in other ways, it is like electronic heroin.

My Mom actually thinks I’m an internet addict because I’m always on all my social media platforms, interacting, reading, researching, watching, learning, emailing, blogging and all sorts of things, day in and day out. Living my life while putting it online sort of goes hand in hand for me. Some days I head out of the house to run errands, have meetings, play sports and such, so I really don’t think I’m such a basket case right?!

The most addictive part of the internet is, I think, YouTube and gaming. One YouTube video can turn into 5 hours of your night. Games on the Playstation/xBox or computer like Sims city can consume lives and spit it back out.

I think some people use the internet way more than others, and there’s nothing wrong or right with individual lifestyle choices. Help should only be called if you’re eating fast food and wearing diapers so that you can sit in front of the computer non-stop for 3 days.

Dramatic situations call for dramatic solutions.

But do you think this approach is evil?

(Mom and Dad, I don’t think I’m an addict, please don’t send me here!)

#firstworldproblems #onlyinasia