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A US psychiatrist has declared internet addiction a "clinical disorder" with some sufferers so hooked on cyberspace they "required medication or even hospital treatment to curb the time they spent on the web". Dr Jerald Block, of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, describes in an editorial in the American …

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Why not?

It rather depends where they put the boundaries as to whether this gets taken seriously or not.

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Feeding their children??

Come on now, have there actually been any reported cases of kids going hungry because of this? Emotional neglect maybe, but food? I mean, if nothing else their parents are going to feed them just to stop them whining over their TeamSpeak channel...

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Better than life...

"After this, there is no turning back.....You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up and believe...whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill.....you stay in wonderland...and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

I'll get my coat, mines the long black leather one with a small arsenal of weapons attached...

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Oh dear

it seems someone needs a dose of COD4! :P

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When the Virtual and the Real Merge, there is XXXXistentialism

"The Telegraph notes that early studies showed "highly educated, socially awkward men" were most likely to suffer from net addiction, .."

I imagine more recent studies would conclude that highly educated, socially aware men were most likely to suffer from net addiction, although they would elevate IT to a Network InterNetworking Passion.

A Gift which Appreciates XXXXPeriences Taught and Enjoyed and Heartily Learned.

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Not so much a pinch of salt as a pillar required here, I think...

I'd take this more seriously if it wasn't an american psychiatrist saying this. In a country where taking anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants or even anti-ADD medication is considered the norm, are we really surprised that someone's trying to resolve yet more issues through medication? (Do we know whether this psychiatrist is being bankrolled by one of the big pharmaceutical corporations, incidentally?)

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Prising them away from the internet?

So, you are arbitrarily told you can't do something and this makes you argumentative and distracted?

Try this with any pastime and watch the same results.

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What about...

people who only suffer from this whilst at work. Just interested you know, not that I'm trying to cover my back in case I get the boot for abuse of resources or anything.

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Sadville

How many of the 5 - 10% are Sadville users, spending all thier time online dodging flying cocks and running around pretending to be male/female when female/male?

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Chicken or egg?

But of course it's all the interweb's fault - highly educated socially awkward men never had problems before the computer came along - oh no - they wouldn't have been going around inventing pseudo political theories and imposing them on half the world cos they knew better than anyone, murdering millions of their own countrymen because of some intellectual bollx about some theoretical bourgeoisie and their running-dog capitalist lackeys undermining the great class struggle or playing the revolutionary hero and inventing a model for future generations of terrorists.

Just think - if we had had PCs a hundred years earlier Lenin would have been doing all his infighting and power grab games with the ten year olds at Wikicliquia, Che would have misspent his life writing malicious kiddie scripts for fun and profit and Mao would have just have been the biggest porn-dog of all time.

Socially awkward educated men - hanging's too good for em.

Now - does anyone know where the special crystal key is in the secret chamber on the twentyseventh level of 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider 8 - Lara goes to IKEA'

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So Fuck What.

Beats workin' any day of the week. (Both ways!)

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@ Peyton

Wasn't there a few cases a while ago of Japanese kids dying in cyber cafes after playing games for days on end?

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Socially awkward educated men

So, when is the study on socially awkward educated men, the net, and serial killers going to run?

I want to know how many might have turned to the net to fix some of their already screwed up lives rather than having to find real life alternate hobbies.

Usually people who are prone to an addiction get addicted to something, now, I'm not saying web addiction is a good thing, but it always makes you wonder what they might find as an alternative if it was not available.

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@Cherry Black

That's happened a few times - both in net cafes and at a person's home (though I think they've been Chinese and South Korean) - but it was coupled with very serious sleep deprivation, and involved the addicted person dying, not their kids (I think they were all single males anyway - so no kids).

@Kyle But a non-American head-shrinker would be ok, right? lol

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3545684.stm

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Net Addicted?

Need Help Quitting?

Go to www.StopNetAddiction.org for more information.

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US cultural revolution

"Burn the PCs, burn the Intarwebs. Smart, awkward men are addicts, and addicts support terror and all that." Leave it to some outsider who doesn't understand it all to say that ARGUING with your spouse is a better way to spend time than reading El Reg.

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Internet Addiction is Good For You!!!

Well it seems a large percentage of web users may be suffering from this disorder!! But tyere are others who still believe that internet addiction can really be good for you: Why Internet Addiction Is Good For You ( http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=526&doc_id=147829&F_src=flftwo)

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Surprise....

So a psychologist thinks lots of people are "addicted" and need treatment by, um, well, a psychologist.

Oh dear.

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Having Sex with Their Wives

That right there's the problem. They've got wives and they're tired of them, no news there.

It's just like a new game, you play it a lot at first, then it gets boring - after a while you forget you put it under the bed and the next time you take it out to play with it the damn thing is all scratched up and won't play right any more - leading to further neglect.

The moral of this story is rent, don't buy.

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@Kyle

Not forgetting the habit of some American psychiatrists of convincing parents that their child is "mentally ill", charging them lots of money for "treatment", then, when the insurance runs out, pronouncing them "cured"!

Smiley face because of lots of "happy pills"...

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I'm not an addict!!!

I can stop whenever I want!!!! I just have to get through all my feeds! Then I can go to bed! Aaaarrgggghhh! They just refreshed. 1000+ unread!

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What about psychiatry addicts?

A psychiatry addict is someone who has to label anything a serious mental illness. Some psychiatrist become so absorbed in this labeling and classification they forget to eat or wash.

If removed from psychiatry and the ability to label and classify others, they become fatigued, argumentative, and violent. They often replace a significant other with their psychiatry text books, and see the world only through their own deluded classification system, often alienating everyone around them.

The addiction tends to afflict all of those in psychiatric profession, who should immediately seek hospitalization and heavy medication. They tend to be socially maladjusted men and women off all ages, often with inflated egos, expecting society to pay them to keep up their psychiatric fix.

To be honest I don't think there is anything left, that is not covered by Psychiatry, and labeled as a mental illness, anything you do they can treat you for it. Oddly enough, this is the police state through the back door. I have wondered if a group of psychiatrist could pull of a coup d'etat, just by sectioning the cabinet. They have got most of the US and the UK on some form of medication; it is now normal to be mad. And wow are the pharmaceuticals raking it in, wonder what the kickbacks are like.

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