Whi is High Risk for "Tech" Addiction?
Who is most likely to experience tech addictions?
Tech addictions can happen to almost anyone. However, there are certain groups and risk factors which make tech addictions more likely:
Individuals with other (past or present) addictions such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, or sex.
Individuals with other psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. Internet use may be a temporary escape from feelings of sadness, shame, loneliness, or stress.
People with relationship difficulties. These users may be drawn to the more social aspects of the internet (chat rooms, online gaming, message boards, etc). They may turn to the internet as a way of quickly establishing new and temporarily more satisfying relationships.
Highly intelligent people. For example, individuals who are not intellectually challenged by their job or schoolwork may turn to online fantasy games as a way to stimulate their imagination and feel a sense of accomplishment.
People with extended periods of non-structured time. This group may include stay-at-home parents, university students, young children with few after-school activities, retired individuals, and people who work from home.