A damned virtual addiction


As a little girl, I was playing with other children on the playground. Our clothes were often dirty and few times I fall from bicycle but under tears was always a smile. As a teenager, I went to cafe bars and nightclubs, and during summer river was my favorite place for gathering. Later we were traveling to the sea and enjoyed in parties on the beach. The same pattern I use nowadays because life exists on fresh air and in nature. 

I am also a big fan of the internet and social networks. Great way to meet many various people which I could never meet in my real life because they are too far from me. Also, the internet is an excellent tool to expand my knowledge and save my time, to get info on the faster way. If you don’t use the internet, you can’t fit in. 

A side effect of the internet is a big addiction. Once people were addicted to pills, drugs, and cigarettes, but nowadays internet addiction is going forward and more and more victims are in this spider net. 

In Croatia young addicts to the internet, especially Facebook is healing in psychiatric clinic named Vrapče. What our young people. Recently, there was a boy, 16 years old, who was not outside 5 years. He was addicted to games and social networks. He lost hair and his skin had dangerous changes, as kind of allergy. I wonder, why his mother waited 5 years to take him to the clinic?

Young people are the biggest victims of the internet. 

It is very dangerous if their first interaction with other people is with a help of a computer. He will not find contacts in real life. A big leader on Facebook, but a big loser in real life. He is playboy on social networks, but so shy in reality. Also, people with the bad intention on networks are everywhere. The woman, 40 years old, married, she wants fresh young meat, seduces a guy in front of the camera and he is spending days to see her. Child abusers spread their claws to catch victims. Men try to catch young girls, and kind of sects want to collect new members. It is easy to catch person without real experience, for any kind of internet adventures. Games, chats, associations. The danger is on every corner. 

When can you say that you are addicted to the internet?

You spend more than 5 hours on the internet.

You broke contacts in real life and your number of virtual friends is over thousand.

Every story you talk about is connected to the internet.

You forget about your daily obligations.

If you have no connection at your computer, you are nervous, you ask for a cyber cafe, mobile network or any way to connect to the internet.

The Internet is a great bonus to your real life

Balance with real experiences is a good combination. Today I want to go on the trip, in the forest. I will not bring laptop or cell phone. I want to breathe. Yesterday it was raining so I was there, in front of my computer. 

There is a good joke about internet and reality. Guy lost internet connection and spent the evening with his parents. He said: ” Indeed, they are nice people, I did not know this before.”

If we stare at our computers day by day, we will know all about our virtual friends. But, maybe we will forget that today is the birthday of our parents. Your wife will remind you of the anniversary. How did you not know this? Because you stop to care, you are on the level 200 of Mafia wars or Candy crush saga. 


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