Might As Well Face It, You’re Addicted to...the Internet?


| 8/16/2010 12:26:19 PM


Tags: Greg Beato, internet, American Psychiatric Association, internet addiction, science and technology, Reason, David Doody,

Internet AddictionDo you only socialize online? Do the words “community building” bring to mind Second Life? Do you update your Facebook status while you shave?

Well, no need to worry, because now there’s a place for you.

As Greg Beato reports in Reason, reSTART, a “five-acre haven in the woods near Seatle [where] clients pay big bucks to detox from pathological computer use,” recently took on its first client. Ben Alexander, a 19-year-old college student, checked himself in because he is obsessed with World of Warcraft.

As Beato points out internet addiction was considered a joke back in 1995 when “in an effort to parody the way the American Psychiatric Association’s hugely influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders medicalizes every excessive behavior, psychiatrist Ivan Goldberg introduced on his website the concept of ‘Internet Addiction Disorder.’”

Well, the time seems to be upon us where it’s no longer a joke. Beato writes about students at the University of Maryland feeling “anxious,” “jittery,” and even “miserable” when they weren’t allowed to use the internet for 24 hours as part of a study. Then there are the stories Beato highlights:

“[A] guy who spent so many sedentary hours at his computer that he developed blood clots in his leg and had to have it amputated…[A]n Ohio teenager shot his parents, killing his mother and wounding his father, after they took away his Xbox…[A] South Korean couple let their real baby starve to death because they were spending so much time caring for their virtual baby in the role-playing game called Prius Online.”

michael_7
8/19/2010 11:18:28 AM

Check out - CYBERJUNKIE by Kevin Roberts available on Hazelden There is also a CYBERJUNKIE page on FACEBOOK. It's a real issue alright. Best wishes to all who are affected by it. Michael, London, UK


michael_7
8/19/2010 11:18:20 AM

Check out - CYBERJUNKIE by Kevin Roberts available on Hazelden There is also a CYBERJUNKIE page on FACEBOOK. It's a real issue alright. Best wishes to all who are affected by it. Michael, London, UK