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│TOPIC│Are you an INTERNET Addict?
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Internet addictions: A real medical menace?
Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:20PM EDT
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Buzz up!on Yahoo!Alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and even shopping are all candidates for medical treatment and are recognized as genuine mental disorders, so what about the Internet? Internet addiction -defined as "excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations, and email/text messaging" - is becoming so common that at least one psychiatrist says it merits inclusion in psychiatry's official handbook of mental illness, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."

Dr. Jerald Block of the Oregon Health and Science University is the latest voice pushing for this inclusion, noting that tech junkies display genuinely debilitating behavior, including drug-like cravings, withdrawal, and a constant need for more and better gear - just like a substance addict might exhibit.

But other doctors comment that Internet addiction, while it may be real, is too new of a condition and needs further study before being medically classified. There might be something to this: No one wants people being medicated or institutionalized if they aren't genuinely ill.

The "Manual of Mental Disorders" won't be published again until 2012, but an early draft will arrive for public comment in 2009. Meanwhile, mind docs say the problem is growing, now possibly affecting up to 10 percent of Internet users. Recent studies are surprising, indicating the problem is worst not among game-obsessed teens, but rather among middle-aged women who stay at home, constantly on the computer as a way of connecting to the outside world.

Is computer use (or computer downtime) causing a problem in your life? If so, you might be an addict. But you'll have to wait a few more years to find out for sure



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ahaha I don't know! I don't think it causes a problem in my life... yet. XD
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I think I'll have that problem in the future
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Firewinter8730 wrote:

...a constant need for more and better gear


errr...maybe coz i change lappies each year....but it hasnt caused me anyproblems just yet,lol
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nahhhh.. my grades INCREASES when i stuck myself in front of my monitor heheh so i don't think that's my case
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excessive gaming - check
email/text messaging - check
stay at home...constantly on the computer - check check check
way of connecting to the outside world - check check check check check

but I still don't consider myself as 'web-a-holic', why?

1. excessive gaming with my bf cuz that's the only thing we can do other than call while we're apart..we rarely see each other [once every 1 or 2 months]
2. email - sometimes
text messaging - a part of our life..it's actually normal here but in other countries, texting is not really popular...they rather call
3. i do prefer to stay at home not because of computer but because I'm just plain lazy...constantly on the computer - of course, staying home equals boring so i'll just lie down with my laptop...and i depend on the internet for my homeworks
4. yea if i'm at home...
...and lastly, i also get bored doing internet related stuff so i can say internet is not my life...just a part of it

basically, it all depends on how and why one uses it...
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me? i cant spend basically a day without getting bored like crap without the computer so u can say that im a web-a-holic. pero wala problems xcept wen u count that...
1.] pagpinapaalis na koh nang nanay koh di ako umaalis or...
2.] that i spend a whole weekend on the computer reading manga and watching anime.
3.] i get on the computer it takes a while 4 me to get off unless kailangan kong gumawa nang HW or magbasa nang magandang libro for once

yea tulad nang sinabi ni blooberinesses...

basically, it all depends on how and why one uses it...
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daturbo wrote:

ano un?? tinamad ako bumasa sa post ni fire eh... hehe


haha ak0 din, ang haba eh.... peace!
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nadzine wrote:


daturbo wrote:

ano un?? tinamad ako bumasa sa post ni fire eh... hehe


haha ak0 din, ang haba eh.... peace!


me three., di ko binasa!!!! huhuhuh.,
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daturbo wrote:


me_aiks wrote:


nadzine wrote:


daturbo wrote:

ano un?? tinamad ako bumasa sa post ni fire eh... hehe


haha ak0 din, ang haba eh.... peace!


me three., di ko binasa!!!! huhuhuh.,


haha! dami na naming matatamad! haha!!


oo nga!!! mabuhay ang mga tamad!!! wooh...
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blooberinesses wrote:

excessive gaming - check
email/text messaging - check
stay at home...constantly on the computer - check check check
way of connecting to the outside world - check check check check check

but I still don't consider myself as 'web-a-holic', why?

1. excessive gaming with my bf cuz that's the only thing we can do other than call while we're apart..we rarely see each other [once every 1 or 2 months]
2. email - sometimes
text messaging - a part of our life..it's actually normal here but in other countries, texting is not really popular...they rather call
3. i do prefer to stay at home not because of computer but because I'm just plain lazy...constantly on the computer - of course, staying home equals boring so i'll just lie down with my laptop...and i depend on the internet for my homeworks
4. yea if i'm at home...
...and lastly, i also get bored doing internet related stuff so i can say internet is not my life...just a part of it

basically, it all depends on how and why one uses it...


naks nin.. stig sagot mo ah..

ako ok lang ...

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Posted 3/30/08
hindi amna., medyo lang..
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kantogamer wrote:


blooberinesses wrote:

excessive gaming - check
email/text messaging - check
stay at home...constantly on the computer - check check check
way of connecting to the outside world - check check check check check

but I still don't consider myself as 'web-a-holic', why?

1. excessive gaming with my bf cuz that's the only thing we can do other than call while we're apart..we rarely see each other [once every 1 or 2 months]
2. email - sometimes
text messaging - a part of our life..it's actually normal here but in other countries, texting is not really popular...they rather call
3. i do prefer to stay at home not because of computer but because I'm just plain lazy...constantly on the computer - of course, staying home equals boring so i'll just lie down with my laptop...and i depend on the internet for my homeworks
4. yea if i'm at home...
...and lastly, i also get bored doing internet related stuff so i can say internet is not my life...just a part of it

basically, it all depends on how and why one uses it...


naks nin.. stig sagot mo ah..

ako ok lang ...



lol
ganda rin sagot mo
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GUILTY AS CHARGED but i want to change lol
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