How to help a facebook addict?

Clare - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 18 year old son has become addicted to facebook. He never leaves the house only for school. He dropped all his real friends and only talks to peole on facebook. He is isolated from the real world and my heart is breaking watching this. I can't take his phone as he is 18. Please help.

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Does he have a job? Is he paying rent? If not, 18 or not he'd better follow Mom's rules or find his own place. THAT might be just the motivation he needs. Or.... does he have social anxiety? Counseling could be a good idea and could be a condition of his 'rent'.....

Good luck!

Jodi - posted on 04/08/2011

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Who is paying for the internet connection? Who is paying for the phone credit?

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♥TIA♥ - posted on 04/12/2011

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11 signs of Internet addiction

Signs of Internet addiction, according to Hilarie Cash, executive director of the ReSTART center for Internet addiction near Seattle.

Three of the following symptoms suggest abuse, five or more addiction:

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Increasing amounts of time spent on Internet
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Failed attempts to control behavior
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Heightened euphoria while on Internet
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Craving more time on Internet, restless when not there
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Neglecting family and friends
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Lying to others about use
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Internet interfering with job and school
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Feeling guilty or ashamed of behavior
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Changes in sleep patterns
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Weight changes, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel
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Withdrawal from other activities

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/Displayartic...

Clare - posted on 04/08/2011

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He pays for his own credit out of money from his dad, (we are divorced) and he bought the phone himself. I think he needs to talk to someone but I can't get him to a doctor. we live in ireland and there are no jobs here so i agreed to support him as long as he continues his education. thanks for the answer

Amy - posted on 04/08/2011

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Amen, teresa!!! My mom's rules were if you're living here, rules here go. Even if I would have been 25 and paying rent. If there is something deeper going on, yes, counseling could be a great idea. If it's just...eh, I don't wanna get out....pull the plug, pull the phone if you're paying for them. Otherwise, if he has his own job and is paying his own way, I wouldn't worry too much with what he's doing in his free time, but would suggest he think about his own place if he's not going to contribute to the household in any way at all because he's stuck on technology.

Bonnie - posted on 04/08/2011

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Yeah Jodi asks an important question because if you are paying for it than you have a right to take it away.

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