Do you repeatedly use the Internet or technology more than you intend or want to? Are you finding excessive use of the Internet or technology is causing negative repercussions in your life (e.g., don’t pay bills, neglect relationships, fail to tend to daily needs such as hygiene)? Are you noticing your obsessive and compulsive use, as well as misuse, has lead to a psychological dependence and/or tolerance? Do you feel a ‘pull’ to excessively use and need more and more of your technology-of-choice to ‘feel good’? If you feel yourself nodding “yes” to any of these, you may be a tech addict. However, only you can decide. No one in ITAA member will tell you whether you are or not.
What can I do if I am worried about my problematic use of the Internet or any other form of technology?
See if there are any ITAA meetings in your area. If there are none, you can potentially start your own meeting. You may also reach out to other ITAA members for support.
What is Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous?
We are a Fellowship of men and women who have lost the ability to control our excessive technology-of-choice usage and have found ourselves in various kinds of trouble as a result. We attempt – most of us successfully – to create a satisfying way of life without the use of technology, or utilize a harm reduction approach whereby the individual will define abstinence and carefully manage and moderate his or her use. For this, we find we need the help and support of other addicts in ITAA.
If I go to an ITAA meeting, does that commit me to anything?
No, ITAA does not keep memebership files. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself that you wish to keep private. No one will bother you if you do not want to come back.
What happens if I meet people I know?
They will be there for the same reason you are there. They will not disclose identity to outsiders. At ITAA, you retain as much anonymity as you wish. That is one of the reasons we call ourselves Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous.
What happens at an ITAA meeting?
An ITAA meeting may take one of several forms, but at any meeting you will find addicts talking about what their technology-of-choice did to their lives and personalities, what actions they took to help themselves, and how they are living their lives today.
How can ITAA help me with my technology-use problems?
We in ITAA know what is it like to be addicted to technology, and to be unable to keep promises made to others and ourselves that we will stop excessively using it. We are not professional therapists. Our only qualification for helping others to recover from their technology and/or internet addiction is that we have stopped or moderated our use ourselves. The problem technology users coming to use know that recovery is possible because they see people who have done it.
Why do members of ITAA keep on going to meetings after they are cured?
We in ITAA believe there is no such thing as a cure for technology and/or Internet addiction. We can never return to normal drinking, and our ability to stay away from our technology-of-choice depends on maintaining our physical, mental and spiritual health. This we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting into practice what we learn there. In addition, we find attending helps us to stay abstinent if we help other technology addicts.
How do I join ITAA?
You are an ITAA member if and when you say so. The only requirement for ITAA membership is a desire to stop excessively using your technology-of-choice. Many of us were not very wholehearted when we first approached ITAA.
How much does ITAA membership cost?
There are no dues or fees for ITAA membership. An ITAA meeting will usually have a collection during the meeting to cover expenses, such as rent, coffee, etc., and to this all members are free to contribute as much or as little as they wish to.
Is ITAA a religious organization?
No. Nor is it not allied with any religious organization.
There’s a lot of talk about God, though, isn’t there?
Many ITAA members believe that we have found the solution to our problematic Internet and/or technology use, not through individual willpower, but through a power greater than ourselves. However, everyone defines this power as he or she wishes. Many people call it God, others think it is the ITAA group, stil others don’t believe in it at all. There is room in ITAA for people of all shades of believe and nonbelief.
Can I bring my family to an ITAA meeting?
Family members or close friends are welcome to “Open” ITAA meetings. Discuss this with your local contact to find out when these meetings are being held.
What advice do you give new members?
In our experience, the people who recover in ITAA are those who: (a) attempt to stay away from the “temptations to use their technology-of-choice”; (b) attend ITAA meetings regularly; (c) seek out the people in ITAA who have sucessfully stayed on their behavior change plan for some time; and (d) try to put into practice the ITAA program of recovery.
How can I contact ITAA?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org