Are you a Chatroom Junkie?
If you believe what you read, "Internet addiction" is about to make us a nation of derelicts. Men drooling over online p---ography, women abandoning their husbands for chat-room lovers and people losing their life savings on gambling Web sites are just a few of the stories peddled in today's press. The Internet is not bad in itself. It has a wealth of information available. Everyday the Internet is accessed by millions of people gathering information, checking E-mail and chatting with people all over the world. It is in businesses and homes. It can serve as an important information source, learning tool, and source of entertainment. It dissolves geographic boundaries and expands the ability of people with common interests or problems to share information important to them. Used wisely, the Internet can be a helpful source of information and entertainment. In fact, I made use of the Internet when doing the research for this paper
it can also contribute to problems mentioned earlier: broken marriages, lost jobs, falling school grades, overspending, pornography addiction, ill health, and other psychological and spiritual problems. Internet use falls on a continuum from being helpful to one's life to being harmful. At the extreme end of the harmful designation lies addiction. Along the way lie other issues and problems. While on the Internet, a person can get away from it all, escaping into a fantasy land where he can make an instant friend any time of the day or night from the safety of his home, office or dorm. He does not have to get dressed up, check himself in the mirror or drive anywhere. Others can not see him. They do not know who he is. He can be whomever he chooses and can act however he wants with little fear of being found out. If he is shy, he can be outgoing on the Internet. If he is boring he can be witty. He can construct an "ideal self' to replace a poor self-concept. If he has difficulty forming real life relationships and is therefore lonely, he is at risk for addiction to the interactive aspect of the Internet. On the Internet there is a sense of equality. He is judged by his ideas rather than by his status in the real community. He can gain a sense of status and importance from his Internet friends-people he does not even know. These new exciting, fantasy-filled relationships can make real life relationships seem dull and ordinary in comparison You find yourself chatting more in detail with your chat friends about your life, than you do with people IN your life. (Church family, family, etc.) If you had to think about it, you need to take this test. It will only take a few minutes and you will find out if your a chatroom junkie.
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