Cyber-Relationship Addiction: Signs & Symptoms


Cyber-Relationship Addiction: Signs & Symptoms
Learn how to spot the signs of this condition and identify whether or not you're addicted.

You don't have to be a full-on cyber-relationship addict to realize that spending too much time on the Internet could be harmful. If one or more of the signs above describe you, it's time to step away from the computer. Confide in a friend or family member that you trust and begin working on ways to feel okay with being offline. Are there people you regularly connect with on the Internet that happen to be local? Arrange to get together in person and learn how to develop those relationships in an offline setting.

Start lessening the number of hours you spend on the computer. For example, if you normally spend 4-5 hours a day online, decrease it to 3 hours a day. Set a timer if you have to and be diligent about forcing yourself to turn off the computer. Get back into your regular routine. List the activities and/or tasks that used to be put on the back burner and place them as priorities.

Creating checklists is an effective method of making sure you stay on track. Additionally, it helps to replace those hours that used to be spent online with hobbies, interests and in-person interactions--whatever it takes to keep you from jumping back onto the Internet.

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