One Last Time, I Swear
Do you always feel the need to be connected? Constant email checking is a form of addition. First, think when you check your email. You are probably looking for mail in your inbox (something to do with work and or a personal message). Possibly you need to create a message or response? I agree in many ways email communication is convenient and useful, however, by checking your email you are ultimately looking for an award without realizing it. Many connections have made with email addiction and Operant Conditioning. You may check your email five times a day or a hundred times a day and even though you may not have an email in your box you are unconsciously looking for that reward. Furthermore, research suggests that email addiction can be related to signs of a Workaholic.
Do you know someone who you have to ask multiple times to stop playing their online game on their Ipad, tablet, system, computer, etc. ? Do you question if you or someone you know might be addicted to online gaming? Internet gaming takes on many forms from online gambling to online bidding, and interactive virtual multiplayer games. With the availability of internet use worldwide multiplayer gaming has gained its popularity. However, a multiplayer online game with motivation users has experienced an increase of addiction behaviors (Kuss et al., 2012). Check out this Quiz to see if you have some of the signs and symptoms of gaming addiction.
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Participating in social media networking sites is one of the fastest growing online activities that offer users the ability to share photographs, videos, links and thoughts. It allows instant feedback through platforms such as Myspace, Facebook, Orkut, LinkedIn, Instant Messaging, and Online Chat rooms (Quinn & Oldmeadow, 2013). Overuse of Social Media can lead to signs and symptoms associated with addiction. Some of the general mental health conditions that link to social media use addiction include anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, mood disorders, depression, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Ko, C., Liu, T., Wang, P., Chen, C., Yen, C., & Yen, J.(2014). The exacerbation of depression, hostility, and social anxiety in the course of internet addiction among adolescents: A prospective study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55 (6), 1377-84 . doi.4oi:rg/10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.05.003
Kuss, D. J., Louws, J., & Wiers, R. W. (2012). Online Gaming Addiction? Motives Predict Addictive Play Behavior in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 15(9), 480-485. doi:10.1089/cyber.2012.0034