1 februari, 2018


The Addiction We Deny

Video Game Addiction
Pornography Addiction
Online Shopping Addiction
Social Media Addiction
Online Gambling Addiction
 = Internet Addiction

The Problem With Internet Addiction

The average adult spends more time on the internet than sleeping.

63% choose internet over sex.

47% lose sleep over internet.

48% neglect housework because they’re overspending time on the internet.

31% miss out on social interaction.

The addiction has become dangerous because of the high availability and hormonal dopamine response (sense of reward) from:

  • Social media
  • Video streaming (Netflix and Youtube)
  • Pornography
  • Shopping
  • Games
  • Gambling
  • Memes

With dopamine levels elevated, the drugs basically hijack the brain’s normal computational enjoyment and reward mechanisms, which results in lack of motivation, fatigue, addictive behavior, mood swings, depression and much more.


  • Porn
  • Internet
  • Social media

…have replaced…

  • Sex
  • Touch
  • Conversation

… yet social face-to-face interaction is one of the most important things for happiness and one of the most powerful remedies for depression.

Internet Addiction Test (IAT) – Short Version

Please don’t try to fool yourself.  Reflect and be honest.

Answer the subsequent questions by giving them a value from the following table:

0 = Not Applicable
1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

  1. ___How often do you find that you stay online longer than you intended?
  2. ___How often do you neglect household chores to spend more time online?
  3. ___How often do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?
  4. ___How often do you lose sleep due to late-night log-ins?
  5. ___How often do you choose to spend more time online over going out with others?
  6. ___How often do you check your phone before something else that you need to do?
  7. ___How often do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online?
  8. ___How often do you find yourself saying “just a few more minutes” when online?
  9. ___How often do you try to cut down the amount of time you spend online and fail?
  10. ___How often do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back online?

My Total Final Score (add numbers 1-10): ___________

How To Judge Your Test Result On IAT

NONE: 0 – 15 points
You are unique.

MILD ADDICTION: 16- 24 points
You are an average online user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage.

You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life.

SEVERE ADDICTION: 40 – 50 points
Your Internet usage is causing significant problems in your life. You should evaluate the impact of the Internet on your life and address the problems directly caused by your Internet usage.

Can You Prove That You’re Not Addicted To The Internet?

– Internet Addiction Challenge

Stage 1 – Newbie

Level 1

  • Don’t touch your phone for 24 hours

Level 2

  • Don’t use (block) social media/youtube/games/shopping/porn/gambling/memes – on all personal devices – for 48 hours

Level 3

  • Turn off all internet connection (Wifi and Data Usage) – on all personal devices – for 24 hours

Stage 2 -Rookie

Level 4

  • Don’t touch your phone for 48 hours

Level 5

  • Do the meditation challenge

Level 6

  • Turn off all screens before 20:00 and put all devices in one place outside bedroom, 5 days in a row (sunday-thursday)

Stage 3 – Prospect

Level 7

  • Turn off all internet connection (Wifi and Data Usage) – on all personal devices – for 7 days

Level 8

  • Be still and “meditate” for 60 minutes without doing anything else

Level 9

  • Read a book from cover to cover on a single day

Stage 4 – Reclaimer

Level 10

  • Follow the 12:12-routine