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Internet Addiction May Become Official "Disorder"

Are we all just a crazy bunch of wackos because we can't get enough of the Internet? Because all we want to do is sit behind the LCD screen and search for this or download that? Apparently a way of life, a means to acquire information and purchase goods across the globe, could be considered as an addiction if the American Psychiatric Association has its way.

According to Techdirt, the APA is actually considering to make internet addiction a permanent diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The condition is one of many changes proposed for the fifth installment (DSM-5)-- this will be the first update since 1994.

However many professionals are disturbed by the "label," fearing that it won't address the true nature of the addiction.

"Making 'Internet addiction' an official diagnostic category is just wrong on so many levels, including, I believe, making it more difficult to get the right kind of help to those who have actually become painfully stuck online," said Todd Essig, PH.D. of Psychology Today. "Many people are turning from life lived to life online and they need help, but real help for real problems, not newly-minted addictions. "

Large amounts of Internet time, ranging from surfing long hours to maddening stretches of MMOPRPG gaming, have been noted as signs of depression. The Internet is a distraction, taking the mind away from both mundane and underlying problems. As Techdirt points out, the technological addictions aren't addictions to these mediums, but rather serves as a pacifier to cope with deeper issues.

So what constitutes Internet addiction? That's a good question. As Captain Obvious would say, it's presumably when you've lost your family, your job, your home, and you're living on the street because you lived and breathed Internet.

  • shanky887614
    ?

    i go on the internet to find news and to play games but i read books and watch tv/video's more (although im usually online for about 8hours aday but i play my flute while logged in heck i just put it doen to read this article and am about to play again)
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  • drksilenc
    what a joke that is... im on the internet at work and i play mmo's usually around 30+ hours a week im gaming, but guess what i go out have drinks go to football games during the season go to conventions and lan parties. its a new way of life not an problem. i have dyslexia and without my computer i couldnt read very well. so these guys can just think what they want the overpriced psyc docs
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  • climber
    Well, since it has been going on globally for 15 years or more on a massive scale, I'd say that qualifies as a "pre-existing condition", sorry you're not covered.
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  • Supertrek32
    Labeling something a disorder so we can distribute medication instead of actually addressing the problem - that's how we Americans roll, baby!
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  • ethanolson
    MY router went nuts the other day and I was like "OK... I guess I'll do something else for a while." My wife was like "Fix this. I want to get on my forums."
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  • victomofreality
    Whoo now I need to figure out how to get on disability for my internet addiction. Make the goverment buy me a new high end computer to stop my suffering.
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  • bk420
    ethanolsonMY router went nuts the other day and I was like "OK... I guess I'll do something else for a while." My wife was like "Fix this. I want to get on my forums."
    ^That's a good one. Sounds like someone I know.

    Heck, I don't know what else to do while being unemployed. Cheapest entertainment ever, that works 24/7! Just about every you can get WIFI now.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    "many professionals are disturbed by the "label," fearing that it won't address the true nature of the addiction."

    I have to agree. No telling what the real problem might be.
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  • ohim
    they`ve put the title wrong it should be MMORPG Addiction , since our current modern society is Internet and PC addicted, economy and most of the shit in our life wouldn`t function without internet connections, we get news on net, chat etc etc , total different than MMORPG addiction.
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  • hellwig
    If they label this a disorder, my employer no longer has grounds to fire me for browsing the internet all day instead of working. I'm addicted, and its an officially recognized disorder, so there.

    ethanolsonMY router went nuts the other day and I was like "OK... I guess I'll do something else for a while." My wife was like "Fix this. I want to get on my forums."Apparently I unplugged my router from my modem (just ever so slightly), took me a couple days to figure out the problem. If my fiancee didn't have her Blackberry, I'm sure I would have gotten the third degree from her too.
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