The digital era has made a complete turnover in people’s lives, especially the ones that are born in the new millennium. These generations as we know do not know the life without Internet and many of them cannot function without Internet as it was the case of David Gowan.
This young teenager was left without Internet for 6 hours and if you think that it does not matter, then you are so wrong. David Gowan, a 16-year old teenager, was walking distressed through a local neighborhood with his Samsung Galaxy Smartphone over his head trying to catch the Wi-Fi signal. He tried hours before to try to connect to the Internet and his efforts were futile, so he went outside and muttering incoherently he was searching for an available Wi-Fi network.
He looked disoriented and his behavior resembled of a drug addict desperate for the next fix. Being in such state the Emergency Services were immediately notified, and seeing the situation in which was Gowan they gave him the needed remedy, a Wi-Fi in the nearby Starbucks.
The report of this service did not provide the reason why this young man was left without Internet and he himself could not give any reasonable answers as he was only muttering having not used emojis for so long.
One of the staff of the child protection services who was summoned for this case said the following:
“Gowan survived without access to any social media or video sharing sites for the better part of an afternoon,” said “No GIFs, no memes, no porn. It’s incredible to see him in such good condition, considering what he went through. There’s grown adults who can’t go without internet for that long, let alone teenagers. God love him like, he didn’t even see the new Star Wars trailer yet.”
This unusual news was spread very fast across the country and many people have something to say about it, but what caught our attention was the comment of this person:
“Oh, the horror of it. Those parents need to be charged with at least misdemeanor neglect!”
Internet Addiction Disorder – iDisorder
Can we refer to this addiction as an addiction in reality? Yes, we can as it is affecting mainly our youth and teenagers, not to mention that the adults are becoming one of those that cannot survive without internet. This addiction can be described as an impulse control disorder affecting people who become dependent on the Internet, or other online devices. This is their only way how to cope with the current stress and in that way become addictive.
This disorder is also referred as to Problematic Internet Use (PIU), or Compulsive Internet Use (CIU), but it is not a problem for one country but for many where Internet is a part of normal life. It can affect millions of people and the officials in South Korea have declared Internet Addiction Disorder as a national health issue.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has still not officially declared internet addiction as a disorder, but in reality it exists and is quickly spreading in Europe and most parts of America. According to a conducted project approximately 8.2% of the general population has some form of Internet Addiction Disorder, and others believe that the number is even higher like 38%.
This phenomenon is not officially acknowledged and it cannot become characterized, but there are essential things that are manifested in every person with Internet Addiction Disorder.
Signs of iDisorder
The common characteristic is spending too much time online, but what is too much time? It is still not determined what means excessive use of the internet, and because of that the following questionnaire will help you in determining if you spend excessive time in front of a screen with Internet.
Just ask yourself the following questions:
Do you stay online longer than you intend to?
Have you tried to cut down the time on internet and were you successful?
Have you been through a period of withdrawal when not using the Internet?
Do you say or think “just a few more minutes” when online?
Are other people complaining about your Internet use?
Do you hide the time spent online?
If you have answers to more questions on this list that confirm that you spent too much time online, then we advise you to contact a qualified doctor about getting help. Fortunately, there are several internet addiction clinics that have competent psychologists and therapists that can be of great assistance for solving this issue.