Info for Parents, Guardians & Friends

As caregivers and friends, you may be the first point of contact for someone who has a problem.  Therefore, it is important to know what the signs and symptoms are.  

Signs and Symptoms

As outlined on the Home page, some of the signs and symptoms are: 

  • Being preoccupied with the Internet when offline
  • Declining interest in hobbies
  • Withdrawal from friends, activities & events
  • General edginess, or irritability when offline
  • Denying the seriousness of the problem
  • Lying about how much time is spent online and what the person does online
  • Trying to quit, then slipping into the same pattern
  • Change in sleep patterns / Lack of sleep and excess fatigue 
  • A demand for privacy
  • Household chores ignored
  • Evidence of lying
  • Personality changes
  • Academic problems
  • Decrease in productivity at work
  • Increase in mistakes with work
  • Less interaction with coworkers
  • Less tolerant of workplace conditions
  • More sick calls and tardiness

(Source: Dr. Kimberly Young, 1998: Caught In The Net)

The Challenges 

It is often found with this group of individuals that there is a tendency to get so stuck in their "techy" world that they forget to engage in real life.  This includes relating to family members and friends.  It is often difficult, then, for an individual struggling with Internet or technology overuse to progress in their lives; they may have trouble at school, or work and even have difficulty finding work, or staying in school.  They may also be socially awkward and not enjoy relating to others, having a tendency to feel more comfortable in front of their electronic device.

The Solution

We have identified the rapid increase of Internet and social networking dysfunction as being a seriously under served treatment area. To serve this demand we worked closely with internet-addiction expert Dr. Kimberly Young to develop a group therapy protocol. 

The group therapy program involves weekly therapy under the direction of Marlene Russell and group co-facilitator Nicole Mitchell, with 1.5 hour-long sessions and out-of-session assignments.  

If you know of someone experiencing a disruption in academic pursuits, professional activities, or relationships as a result of internet, technology, or social networking overuse, please contact us for further information or to book an intake appointment (we do not charge for intake appointments).

Please email us by using our form on the Contact Us page or call 416.926.0319.

Thank you,

The Internet Group Team