There are also a plethora of message boards if you don't prefer real-time chatting.They allow you to find topics that interest you, then post your thoughts on them and read what other teens have to say.If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.
He or she may spend the time bingeing on non-essential information, playing games on specialised sites, seeking out pornographic images and stories, or conducting virtual relationships with other users in chat rooms - often without sleep, food or any personal engagement with family and friends.“Internet addiction is very much a condition of the new age,” says Dr Gordon Isaacs, honorary professor of clinical social work at the University of Cape Town and a practising psychotherapist. But it may well come to that - in the same way that it took some years for post-traumatic stress disorder to achieve that status.”According to Peter Powis, clinical director of Stepping Stones, a private addiction clinic in Cape Town: “Society is in denial about a lot of addictions, but certainly about this one, which tends to involve some pretty high-functioning people.”Denial is most pronounced when it comes to people obsessed with sex on the Internet.You don't have to worry about someone rejecting your comments or looking like a fool because no one knows who you are and where you live (unless you tell the person you are chatting with, which is a major no-no). Before too long, you will have made some new online friends.With its immediate instructions to show common courtesy and respect for other teens on the site, The Teen Flirt Chat Room fosters a healthy, considerate environment. Just think of a screen name you would like to use and type it in.These are people who experience a habitual compulsion to go online - an urge that is undermining their health, productivity and human relationships.However, there is as yet no reliable measurement of the extent of the problem either here or abroad.