Internet Screen Addicts Anonymous
New 12 Step Group Forming in Silicon Valley
It seems like Silicon Valley, the hub of the digital revolution, would be an odd place to start a 12 step group on screen addiction. Yet we are inspired by Steve Jobs and his famous restrictions on his children’s use of the iPad. He recognized the addictive potential of the device. And at the same time, like Steve, we love our digital technology! It can do amazing things and transform lives in many positive ways. The critical question is:
Are we using the Internet wisely, in a balanced way – in a way that promotes well-being and positive real world relationships?
They key culprits we’ll be addressing in ISAA (Internet Screen Addicts Anonymous) are Video Games, Internet Pornography, and Social Media. Let’s start with some statistics:
- The Video Game and Porn industry are worth about $100 billion EACH. $100 billion is enough to feed 4.8 billion people each day.
- 12% of all Internet content is pornographic
- $3,000 is spent on porn ever SECOND
- Facebook is the 3rd most popular website on the Internet behind YouTube and Google
Anyway you get the idea – we stare at digital screens a lot (10 hours a day for adults) and lots of that time is not for the promotion of healthy people and healthy relationships. Hence the need for ISAA.
- Are you ever unable to limit the amount of screen time you use?
- Do you repeatedly neglect your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your screen time?
- Do you sometimes binge on screen use?
- Do you feel a need, compulsion, or craving for screen time?
- Do you feel a need to hide your time on the screen?
- Do you have problems with relationships, employment, or finances because of your screen use?
- Are you losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring pleasure?
- Do you spend a lot of time on screens and thinking about using them?
- Do you have few if any interests or social involvements that don’t revolve around screen time?
- Do you use screen time to relax, feel better, or avoid something?
- Has a family member or close friend expressed concern or complained about your screen time?
- Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are at a screen?
- Have you gotten into situations that increased your chances of harming yourself or others (i.e., looking at a screen while driving)?