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Are we internet junkies looking for a fix?

I guess so…

While surfing the web I found this CNN article about technology and internet addiction.

Appearantly there’s a debate going on concerning excessive internet use and excessive gaming in relation to mental illness. Well, in fact it could be considered a mental illness according to some. A sort of addiction…And yes, there are people out there who do show symptoms of withdrawl:

“‘I’m not a doctor; I’m not an expert on addiction,” says Levy (speaking on a regular cell phone). “But this certainly looks like an addiction. It has all the characteristics — people who are away from it have a craving to get back to it; it interrupts normal social intercourse, etc.””

I am sure that just about everybody who reads this now, knows someone that has to a more or lesser extent symptoms of addiction to the internet, games or computers. Perhaps we all do… How much time don’t we spend behind the computerscreen typing and gaming away?How would your day look like if you didn’t have your cell phone? Your palmtop, laptop, e-mail or computer games? What would you do? Let me guess…watch tv? I think we are all addicted up to a point. The matrix has us!

Of course not everybody agrees with the idea of internet addiction in the article. A psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is quoted as stating:

“Computers are such an integral part of our life that in a certain sense we’re all addicted to the technology,” he says. “But we’re ‘addicted’ in the same way that we’re ‘addicted’ to automobiles.”

Perhaps… Still I think there is something to the whole addiction idea. Am I an internet junkie?

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August 16, 2007 - Posted by | internet, technology

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