Is my wife addicted to the internet?
Penny Bell Says...
It sounds as though you and your wife are disagreeing on the issue of your wife’s penchant for social media. Although internet addiction is being considered as a disorder for inclusion in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V), it has not yet been established what the diagnostic criteria are – how often or for how long, for example, a person would have to use the internet in order to qualify for a diagnosis.
As I do not know the dimension of your wife’s internet use, I could not advise you as to whether or not she actually has a diagnosable problem. I can see, though, that it is a problem to you, and this is where you are experiencing conflict in your relationship.
This sort of difference of opinion about one another’s behaviour can be resolved through marital or relationship counselling, and I strongly suggest that this is where you should take it. In relationship counselling you can both express your feelings and fears about the behaviour of the other in a safe environment, and having properly listened to one another with the help and guidance of the counsellor, and properly heard and validated one another’s feelings, you can then look for and find a compromise so that you are both satisfied. If it turns out that your wife’s internet use really is an addictive behaviour, the counsellor will be able to explore this with you both if its cause is seated in the relationship, and with your wife if it is an individual problem.
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