Top Signs You're an Internet Addict

When you know it's time to get a life
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2009 5:05 AM CDT
The Seattle-based Internet addiction center ReSTART lists 11 possible signs that you may have a bad habit. Check off five, they say, and you're addicted.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Do you just like reading Newser, or are you addicted to the Internet? Seattle-based Internet addiction center ReSTART lists the signs of a bad online habit:

  • Heightened euphoria. Trolling through sites gives you your greatest thrill.
  • Whiling away more hours. You look up and it's suddenly 2 am, when last night it was only midnight.

  • Less self-control. Inability to shut down your computer is not a good sign.
  • Ignoring friends and family. Don't get caught doing this in China. One 12-year-old boy received electric shock therapy in Beijing for spending 4 days at an Internet cafe.
  • Lying about your surfing: If you have to hide it, it's a problem.
 To see the rest, click on the link below.