12 Step program

Step 1: We admit we are powerless over the internet.
Dr Block argues that internet addiction should be included conceptually in the group of disorders known as compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorders, and that the definition should include online or offline computer usage, with recognition of at least three subtypes. The subtypes are: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations and e-mail/text messaging.

Dr Block suggests that these subtypes share four common characteristics: excessive use, withdrawal, tolerance and negative repercussions. Excessive use is often associated with losing track of time or neglecting basic needs, such as eating or sleeping. A withdrawal state, similar to that found in other addictions, can include feelings of anger, tension or depression, brought on when the person does not have access to the computer. The tolerance he describes refers to the person becoming more and more tolerant or resistant to the benefit they get from the internet. Over time, they need better computer equipment, more software or more hours of use. The negative repercussions Dr Block lists include arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue.
But I really needed that MacBook Air! Seriously. So I can do more...work!