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Growing concern over Internet addiction
cnn ^ | 5/20/06

Posted on 05/19/2006 10:05:24 PM PDT by LouAvul

For some, the Internet it has become an addiction, adversely affecting their lives and their family's lives.

While not yet defined as a true addiction, many people are suffering the consequences of obsession with the online world, warns Dr. Diane M. Wieland, who treats patients with computer addiction in her practice in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

For some people, the Internet may promote addictive behaviors and pseudo-intimate interpersonal relationships, reports Wieland in the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. "Such cyberspace contacts may result in cyber disorders such as virtual relationships that evolve into online marital infidelity (cybersex) or online sexually compulsive behaviors," she writes.

"Obsession with and craving time on the computer results in neglect of real-life personal relationships to the point of divorce," Wieland says.

The prevalence of Internet addiction is hard to gauge at the moment, Wieland notes. Extrapolating from prevalence rates of other addictions, she thinks that 5 percent to 10 percent of Internet users will most likely experience addiction.

Signs and symptoms of Internet addiction include a general disregard for health and appearance; sleep deprivation due to spending so much time online; and decreased physical activity and social interaction with others. Dry eyes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive motion injuries of the hands and fingers are common.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: addict; addiction; addictions; fr; fraddiction; habit; habitforming; help; insomnia; internet; internetaddiction; net; puteraddiction; surf; surfing; web; worldwideweb; www
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To: LouAvul
It's JimRob's fault!
101 posted on 05/20/2006 6:21:43 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: sweetliberty
I have been able to cut my time on FR by 2/3...now that I found how many usless things there are to buy on eBay :<(
102 posted on 05/20/2006 6:24:04 AM PDT by tubebender (Tagline...I don't need no stinking tagline...)
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To: LibWhacker

Sounds like more psychobabble. She talks about building unhealthy pseudo-relationships online. Can we count the number of unhealthy relationships NOT online.


103 posted on 05/20/2006 6:27:41 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: Uddercha0s

naw...email.

Our courtship was done on IM, though...


104 posted on 05/20/2006 6:29:39 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
The internet is more than likely the largest source of research in the world. Few of us can get to the Library of Congress to do research or to Paris for that matter.

It becomes no different than going to a library or shopping or whatever. At age 62, I've probably learned more from doing Web searches in the last five years (including coming to FR) than I've learned from reading the newspaper or books over my lifetime.

TV is just as addictive, NOT an information center and biased. The web gives you the ability to separate the garbage we are fed by a very biased Media. My favorite writer/media person...Charlie Krauthammer.

105 posted on 05/20/2006 6:54:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
What they're doing they don't need the Internet for.

Except if she's got a headache....

106 posted on 05/20/2006 7:13:47 AM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~| IRA supporters on FR are trolls, end of story!)
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To: Zeppelin

Hi Bill!


107 posted on 05/20/2006 7:16:10 AM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~| IRA supporters on FR are trolls, end of story!)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Haha.. the honeymoon is over


108 posted on 05/20/2006 7:57:36 AM PDT by Uddercha0s
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To: potlatch
Basic Information

Introduction

Ten years ago, the only people who spent a majority of their leisure time on the computer were paid members of the technology industry. Today, however, surfing the Web has become a pastime as social and marketable as bar hopping or going to the movies. As the web has become a part of mainstream life, some mental health professionals have noted that a percentage of people using the web do so in a compulsive and out-of-control manner. In one extreme (1997) Cincinnati case, unemployed mother Sandra Hacker allegedly spent over 12 hours a day secluded from her three young and neglected children while she surfed the Web. For better or for worse, this phenomena of compulsive Internet use has been termed 'Internet Addiction' based on its superficial similarity to common addictions such as smoking, drinking, and gambling. Internet Addiction has even been championed as an actual disorder, notably by psychologists Kimberly Young, Ph.D and Continue Reading This Article >>

 

 


109 posted on 05/20/2006 8:53:16 AM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios - And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets)
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To: Salem

True...crack addiction can be treated.


110 posted on 05/20/2006 9:04:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (When Al Franken had his bris, they threw away the baby and saved the foreskin.)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
What they're doing they don't need the Internet for.

Except if she's got a headache....

Don't tell me Ireland's run out of sheep.

111 posted on 05/20/2006 9:12:51 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (When Al Franken had his bris, they threw away the baby and saved the foreskin.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Who ever said anything about sheep?


112 posted on 05/20/2006 9:32:40 AM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~| IRA supporters on FR are trolls, end of story!)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
Who ever said anything about sheep?

Ummm...never mind.

("Baaaaaaa!" "Shutupshutupshutup.")

113 posted on 05/20/2006 9:45:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (When Al Franken had his bris, they threw away the baby and saved the foreskin.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It's a nanny-goat, actually... hehe


114 posted on 05/20/2006 9:48:33 AM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~| IRA supporters on FR are trolls, end of story!)
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To: Radix

I received a 42. I believe the tipping point was the question about converstations with people on internet and of course I was thinking FREEPERS and all the great people I converse with so I guess that shot my score way up. No worries. I don't care what this on line test says anyway.


115 posted on 05/20/2006 10:03:01 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: sweetliberty

"Your answering machine/voice mail sounds a little like this...."BRB. Leave your S/N and I'll TTYL ASAP". "




Hysterical ! I'm a 73 year old grandmother and I can interpret the above.

I don't consider myself addicted,I consider myself in step with the times.


116 posted on 05/20/2006 10:08:51 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Lando Lincoln
Damn....I just noticed the sun is up.

And just think: the last to you looked up from your screen and out the window - the sun was setting.

I solve this problem by just keeping the blinds closed all the time and removing all references to time.

117 posted on 05/20/2006 10:21:18 AM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: Paleo Conservative
How many games have you won and lost, and what are your longest win and loss streaks?

My longest win streak is 184. (Not in one sitting ...:)) I've given up on the game. It's too tedious to run another string out to the high water mark.

118 posted on 05/20/2006 10:21:27 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Smartass

The flaw in this observation is the fallacious one that Internet use comes at the expense of doing essential tasks (personal hygiene, exercise, childcare, etc.) and relating superficially with reality and others -- rather than that it supplants more unproductive (leisure) activities like mindlessly watching television, reading fiction and propaganda, hanging out at bars for social interaction and communications, etc.

The activities now possible were not possible before -- allowing everyone to do things productively and purposely rather than randomly, purposelessly as before -- because one has information interaction and feedback, instead of acting in a vacuum because the information only flowed one-way -- from the mainstream media, and other self-designated information sources. So the cultural context is unprecedentedly richer and so although it seems like very little has changed -- the relationships of everything to everything else has changed, and is changing, in the interactions. Previously, there was no interaction; the cultural context was static -- and controlled by the powers-that-be, and wished to remain so.

Those are the people now producing all these polls, studies, experts warning us of the dangers of believing and listening to anybody but themselves. How the world has passed them by and every manipulation that might have worked in the last century, is so obvious to the citizens of the 21st century. They want us back reading the Dead Tree Scrolls -- and no other!


119 posted on 05/20/2006 11:07:09 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Republicanprofessor

Ping (as to name)

McVey


120 posted on 05/20/2006 11:15:32 AM PDT by mcvey (Fight on. Do not give up. Ally with those you must. Defeat those you can. And fight on whatever.)
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To: LouAvul

Since al gore invented it, can we blame him for all these internet drugys?


121 posted on 05/20/2006 11:18:30 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Republicanprofessor

RP:

This is going to get complicated. Check #51 on this thread.


122 posted on 05/20/2006 11:22:00 AM PDT by mcvey (Fight on. Do not give up. Ally with those you must. Defeat those you can. And fight on whatever.)
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To: TexasTransplant
Dear CNN:

Addiction has nothing to do with our use of the internet; it has to do with no having to listen to liberal idiots espouse their opinions nightly under the guise of "news".

It has to do with finally having a "voice" - such as Free Republic - to state our views of the world, and to exchange views with our peers who aren't soiled with the pollution of liberalism.

It has to do with finding entertainment that suits the normal person, and not some perverted sitcom, laced with sexual, homosexual, and racial inuendoes.

CNN is not even on my TV menu, I made sure of that during the "clinton years", when you showed yourself and your liberal, socialist - even leaning toward communist - leanings.

No, the internet is not an addiction - it's the cure for an addiction - addiction to the drive-by media and it's openly obvious agenda. The MSM can kiss my a**, I have no use for them at all. They're wallowing in a love fest for everything that is bad, and I won't know part of it.

TV was a wonderful tool until it fell into the wrong hands, now it's "Tokyo Rose" in reverse, polluting the minds of our young people and systematically dismantling all the values that Americans have always held sacred.
123 posted on 05/20/2006 11:29:46 AM PDT by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down...)
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To: MikeHu
Thanks for the comment...
I'm personally happy with what the Internet has to offer, and can't imagine ever doing without my computer. For sure, computers and the net have opened knowledge, and world we never had before. The connectivity is growing, and can only get better. Moderation in personal home use is probably the key that should be emphasized. But, should a person be controlled in their own homes? I say no way. Unless there is child abuse, stay out of my business and house.

However, evidently there are some concerns, and as always, will sometime go to the extreme side to get their points across. If we were to listen to every story written, warning, and hazard issued to the letter, we'd all be Prozac driven maniacs.

 

124 posted on 05/20/2006 12:28:21 PM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios - And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets)
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To: Smartass

The kind of isolation and alienation that produces mental illness and antisocial behaviors is the product of the mass media that interactive communications is actually the cure. That is why people were so angry and frustrated -- that the mass media wanted total control and denied what was obvious to those who thought for themselves.

The mass media demagogues wanted to do everybody's thinking for us -- which is why they're so threatened and infuriated by the Internet.


125 posted on 05/20/2006 12:41:29 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu
I agree. As it should be, we're Master's of own destiny.

:o)
126 posted on 05/20/2006 1:14:00 PM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios - And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets)
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To: Smartass; ntnychik; devolve; PhilDragoo; bitt

Good article that was in our newspaper today;

"It's All About Me: Why e-mails are so easily misunderstood"

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0515/p13s01-stct.html


127 posted on 05/20/2006 2:56:03 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch
Good article by the CS Monitor.

Light Bulb
Keeps us thinking

 

128 posted on 05/20/2006 3:41:48 PM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios - And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets)
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To: potlatch; Smartass; ntnychik; devolve; PhilDragoo; bitt

The presumption here is that email(electronic communications) are necessarily a debased form of writing -- rather than today's state of the art. Academics, on the other hand, are notoriously poor communicators -- thinking that the purpose of all communications (as with everything else they do), is to impress, intimidate and control -- and so they are overly concerned that their reader get their manipulations right.

With real communications, there is an understanding that both the speaker and the listener co-create the communication -- rather than that one control the other, and thus have to use techniques like emoticons to tell the reader when to laugh, or that their hostility was not intended, etc.

But in emails (electronic communications) that are the state of the art, the writer has the ability to communicate well and the recipient has enhanced abilities to interpret the intent. So the presumption of their understanding that emails are less effective rather than supremely effective beyond their imagination, is only a projection of their own inabilities to effectively communicate, instead of being an inherent limitation of the medium (genre).

Those are the presumptions of the old mass media mind -- rather than that the "other" may actually have a superior capacity to understand.


129 posted on 05/20/2006 5:24:04 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu

I have always thought that we might communicate more in email than face to face. It's sometimes easier to put things into words when the person is not 'there'.


130 posted on 05/20/2006 5:32:41 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch
What matters is that you're fully there. Many face to face communications is an evasion and distraction from being "fully there."
131 posted on 05/20/2006 5:48:27 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: MikeHu
My granddaughter is still trying to figure out how I got through my youth without television.

Told her it was easy: We sat in front of the radio and listened to Hi Ho Silver and Sky King AND went to the movies evry week for 10 cents. My dad also knew the owner of the famed RKO Palace in Rochester NY. Always had free passes! Life was grand!!

132 posted on 05/21/2006 6:06:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: peggybac
The internet isn't my problem - FreeCell is.

Same with me -- until recently. No Sudoku took over.

133 posted on 05/21/2006 5:41:39 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: MoochPooch

Correction: NOW Sudoku took over.


134 posted on 05/21/2006 5:46:59 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: Bear_Slayer
I lost a $70k job because of FR.

I'm the better man for it.

Funny, I didn't exactly lose my job due to FR. But when when I went back the next day someone else was doing it!

135 posted on 05/21/2006 5:49:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Governor of California, another job Americans won't do.)
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To: Jaysun
a huge variety of quality animal porn?

Damn, man. Where are you finding this stuff? All I can find is the low grade crap.

136 posted on 05/21/2006 5:50:53 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Why isn't there an "NRA" for the rest of my rights?)
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To: Hardastarboard
Damn, man. Where are you finding this stuff? All I can find is the low grade crap.

I should have given more detail. It's easy for me because I'm an animal porn superstar. Some of my most recent hits include:

The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used to Be
Kangaroo I Knew From Kalamazoo
On the Prowl for Fowl
Table for Two at the Birmingham Zoo
Trip to the Vet then a Cigarette


137 posted on 05/22/2006 1:18:23 AM PDT by Jaysun (Even with a paddle, shit creek ain't no picnic.)
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To: Mariner
We're not internet addicts, we're information addicts...

I prefer "infoholic".

138 posted on 05/22/2006 2:08:57 AM PDT by jslade (Liberalism ALWAYS accomplishes the exact opposite of it's stated intent!)
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To: LouAvul
This is ridiculous!

It's only 5:13 a.m. here. I still have time for a couple of hours of sleep.

Besides, I COULD STOP. I could stop ANYtime.

The internet is helping me break my lame sleep habits (as well as a lot of other sick, dependencies like spending time yakking with other real-time lame-Os, etc.)

139 posted on 05/22/2006 2:16:26 AM PDT by LK44-40
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