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| 3:50 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Is the internet addictive? Can compulsive browsing be considered a disease? Researchers at Stanford seem to think so.
I guess it's the same as anything else, too much of a good thing.
|Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have taken a step toward resolving the debate over whether compulsive use of the Internet merits a medical diagnosis... |
|concerning the numbers of people who hid their nonessential Internet use or used the Internet to escape a negative mood, much in the same way that alcoholics might. |
This article has more. http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4595
| 5:32 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I don't think it is a distinct and new disorder. When I first discovered the Internet, sure, I spent WAY too many hours on it talking to strangers and having a blast. It caused my grades to go down, left me sleep deprived, and Lord knows what else. I was naturally a shy, withdrawn individual and having this medium where I could chat easily with people was VERY attractive. But I think a psychologist would have "diagnosed" me as an introvert, not as an Internet addict. I could have just as easily joined one of those local singles hot lines to talk to people. Would I then be a singles hot line addict? Does there really need to be such a specific diagnosis other than the person exhibits traits of an addiction?
Please don't think I'm putting down addictions in any way. That isn't my point. I just think that diagnosing based on the symptoms rather than on the cause isn't useful. Obviously one has to know how to treat various addictions, but I think it starts by recognizing the core issue.
| 6:26 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Please don't think I'm putting down addictions in any way. |
No we can't have that, it would be politically incorrect! :-)
My personal thought is that the Internet has finally graduated to another "problem resource," another blameless excuse for being lazy and irresponsible. Smoking is killing me, blame the tobacco companies; stress is killing me, blame the boss; I can't get no job, blame 'the man,' I snorted my entire life savings, blame the war on drugs and the president; I gambled by house away, blame the casino; computer usage is turning me into a zombie vidiot, there are so many to blame, well, I just don't know where to start.
The same is true and more evident with gaming, they've even tried to draw connections between teens with guns gone mad and the video games they play.
Humanity needs to wake up. We're wasting so much energy on blaming the world, if we used one tenth of that energy realizing our own potential and putting it to use we could truly ascend to a higher plane.
Bah. Off to the blogs I go . . . . :-)