What Causes an Addiction to Computers or the Web?

There are several reasons why people become addicted to the computer and especially the internet. The main three reasons are depression, loneliness, and social acceptance. However, it is important to state that some people are more prone to having an addiction than others. Individuals that are stressed out or so-called ‘loners’ find the internet as a means for expressing themselves in a safe environment.

Unfortunately though, turning to the internet each time something goes wrong in life can become habit forming. To better understand why people turn to their computers for comfort, we have to break down each reason.


When it comes to depression, the internet provides a means for escaping that sadness. Hundreds of people turn to humor sites to battle their depression. Many find that scrolling through cat pictures is a form of therapy. Others turn to gamble to feel the ‘high’ that comes from the prospect of winning big. With others who battle with depression are merely looking for like-mind people. After all, misery loves a company, and since the internet is continuously on, those people can find the connections they need any time of the day or night.


There is a reason why there are so many dating sites online. People want to feel connected to others in some shape or form. People turn to social media to get connected with others who share their same views, or tastes. This, in turn, can lead to ongoing conversations where the parties involved are continually checking in to see what the others said.

Social Acceptance

When it comes to the World Wide Web, people find that they can hide behind a persona. People tend to post opinions that spark debates, and conversations with others. The more they share, the more likes they get, and the cycle is never-ending to see how many people they can get to follow them on their accounts.

However, this causes constant supervision of accounts. People don’t want to leave anyone behind, and so they must like and follow other people as well. The fact that so many people are trying to be famous by having many followers leads down a slippery slope of addiction. First, it comes with how many people they can get to follow them until it gets to the point of trying to keep their followers happy.

Final Thoughts

It would appear that the days of being okay with oneself is gone. Far too many people use the internet for various reasons and find themselves trapped by the constant circle. The need to belong to a group to battle loneliness and depression only leads to more online time. But there is a way to unplug and remain connected, but the addition needs to be dealt with first before any real change can take place.