“Internet Addiction: How To Defeat Internet Addiction and Problematic Use”
by Sarah Woodman
I honestly wish I wrote this ebook, as it covers a huge chunk of what I want to say, in only 26 pages. Haters might say “lol that’s too short”, but in the immortal words of Detroit, “Haters gonna hate, but haters ain’t paid.” Here are my highlights, the top 4 insights Sarah Woodman makes.
1. Types of internet addictions. (Page 3). Woodman’s definitions aren’t perfect, in her words she lists them as
-Cybersex addiction: Internet porn, one of my old vices, which r/nofap has plenty to say about)
-Cyber-relationships addiction: Online dating, excessive use of social networking
-Compulsive Internet use: Compulsive addiction to online video games, online gambling, online shopping
-Computer addiction: This is the obsessive compulsive playing of popular offline games
-Information Overload: Obsessive web surfing which leads to a decrease in productivity at work and in your social interaction.
Her descriptions aren’t perfect, but they are at least an attempt to lay some ground rules for a topic that most “experts” won’t touch. Aside from that this, the book is solid.
2. Risk Factors. (Page 6). Woodman lists a bunch of risk factors for internet addiction, some of them being as anxiety, depression, a desire to belong, and stay-at home moms. I would add students to that category, as well as loneliness.
3. Signs and Symptoms that you’re addicted to the internet. (Page 10). I don’t want to give away her whole book, but she lists 15 signs and symptoms which I and other addicts can definitely relate to.
4. Helping Others with Internet Addiction.(Page 24). Woodman offers advice to friends and parents of internet addicts. I strongly believe that addicts are responsible for their own behavior and that only they can decide to change. That being said, it does give good advice to parents and friends to help addicts that have made the firm decision to start a new life.
With the title of the book being so strong, “How To Defeat Internet Addiction”, it better come swinging. After reading it a second time (Pretty easy at just 26 pages), I can confirm that it does go hard like Gucci mane.
Final Mark: B+
Those are four highlights I would pass on to anyone reading this book. For any of you who have read it, please leave your take on it in the comments. If you haven’t read this book, I will *cough cough* discreetly drop my Amazon link.
Have fun out there with your asphalt and offices,