The first one says that an addiction is an abnormally strong craving. Craving in itself is an intense desire for a particular thing.
This definition gives a moderate picture of an addiction. The second one depicts a more harsher reality.
Addiction is being abnormally dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit forming. This habituation or dependency is alarming.
Why am I thinking about this??
Well, today afternoon, I was disconnected from the online world for more than three hours - courtesy a power cut. With nothing else to do, sleep not forthcoming and no one to talk to, the desire for connecting to the internet was getting onto me.
It made me think - Have I become addicted to the Internet??
The first thing that I did after the power was restored was to switch on the computer and get back online.
And this isn't a good sign for someone who is online and connected to the net - more than fifteen hours a day, for at least 5 days a week. And for the remaining two days, its twelve hours a day.
What is more troubling is a small fact.
But addictions have an habit of demonstrating themselves - so that you can introspect and take the required corrective action.
And what's the signal??
I'm hoping to take some steps to reduce this mad desire for internet in the coming days. And I pray to God Almighty to help me succeed in my endeavour.