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Motivational Cowboy Will Roberts talks Internet Use Addiction - Keynote speakers

Motivational Cowboy Will Roberts talks about Internet Use Addiction (Video)

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Will Says | Comments Off on Motivational Cowboy Will Roberts talks about Internet Use Addiction (Video)

Motivational Cowboy Will Roberts talks about Internet Use Addiction

Okay, so after writing my blog last week on Internet Use Disorder, I started to think.  An Internet addict is considered anyone who is online more than 38 hours a week.  If you divide that by 7, then that is less than 5.5 hours each day.  Specifically, if I spend 5 hours and 27 minutes a day online, then that could classify me as an Internet junkie.


When you consider all of the ways Apple, Blackberry, and Android have made it so we can plug in anywhere and anytime, and how often we utilize this 24/7 on-the-move access, then it becomes pretty clear that many, if not most of us, are within this definition of addiction.


We shop and talk online, get directions after driving in the wrong direction for entirely too long, confirm invitations to parties, share photos and get our news whether via a news source or a Youtube rant.


So I wanted to explore this a bit further.  What I found out is that this is a pretty hotly debated thing.  Many researchers just don’t believe it really exists.  They feel that Internet abuse is just an expression of another psychological disorder, like depression.


People who support the existence of Internet Use Disorder believe that it is a reality and can look a lot like other addictive disorders, like gambling, shopping, drug use, and overeating.  First, it must significantly interfere with normal daily life.  The kind of thing where you miss important appointments because you cannot pull yourself away from the screen.  Then, most abusive disorders tend to modify a person’s mood, dominate that person’s thoughts, and create withdrawal symptoms when not in use.


Now, I would not go so far to say I have any of that, but I do know that my gadgets can get in the way of my life if I don’t watch out.  I can find myself following lame tweets and checking my email or Facebook page for no good reason and for way too long at one time.  Plus, it is just so darn easy to check these things that if I am not careful, then I find myself doing this at restaurants, or while walking.


I cannot tell you how many times when having face-to-face conversations with people that I find out that they are tweeting or texting in their pockets.  This may not be an Internet Use Addiction or Communication Addiction Disorder (another popular “diagnosis”), but it sure is a huge problem.


We just all seem to be having a hard time relating with one another.  We are connecting over cyberspace and failing to relate to those people and experiences happening right in our own space  We are always documenting with our phone camera and recorders for some future viewing or posting on a social network.  But what are we documenting?  We are recording stuff, and we are not even EXPERIENCING it.


So, I would say that we need to just check in with ourselves time and again.  We may not be disordered, not exactly, but if we are not careful, we can get our priorities messed up and miss out on life.  Time to keep it SIMPLE, to determine what is important and what is just plain clutter.

Internet Use Disorder

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