#116028, By bystander Are you a web addict?

  • bystander 8 Aug 2003 14:53:31 185 posts
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    Study of web addiction. Apparently the way to tell is remember MOUSE:

    More than intended time spent online

    Other responsibilities neglected

    Unsuccessful attempts to cut down

    Significant relationship discord because of use

    Excessive thoughts or anxiety when not online

    Infomation about the study:

    Volunteers who called themselves problematic Internet users had, on average, five pre-existing psychiatric problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression or alcohol abuse, he said

    More research is needed to determine whether Internet addiction should be a separate listing in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is considered the standard for psychiatric diagnoses in the United States, or whether problematic Internet use should fall under the umbrella of impulse control disorders, such as pathological gambling.

    /Goes off to see psychiatrist/
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