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    How many of us are addicted to our internet connections?
    How much Time do you(we) spend texting, in here, etc... each day?
    If we go without the internet, do we feel anxious?
    Is i addiction a permanent, or temporary rewiring of the prefrontal cortex?
    If this whole internet went down tomorrow, how many(what percentage) would suffer a psychotic episode?


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    I've got 4 different connections, not including the ones at work. I would be most unhappy if I couldn't get online. So yes I do think it's addictive.


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    Hey!

    response is a "catch-22"!
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    I can speak only for myself.

    I find internet discussions stimulating and often enjoyable. But not addictive. If I am away from my computer for a time, doing something else that is stimulating and enjoyable, I do not even think about the internet. However, if I have nothing else to do, while away, then I miss it.
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    Pretty much, i'm where you are skeptic
    "enjoyable" is seen as the triggering mechanism for addiction
    but, not everyone who likes a whiskey is addicted to alchohol
    some are more prone to addiction than others
    and we all slide to and fro on that continuum
    where I am on any one given day is a matter of degree, and i suspect this is true for most users.

    maybe it is just within the psychology community, but, there seems to be a lot of articles about compulsive internet useage lately, citing things like 3700 texts/month average for teenagers, (which I doubt is an average) and they have a label "CID" (compulsive internet disorder)----when we were young, the concept was for girl teens to be almost constantly on the phone-----and, i suspect that the hue and cry is of much the same thing with a different technology.

    but, I hadda ask
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    Yeah, what is up with the constant looking ar your friggin mobile phone... Mine is still made from wood and bricks, so i don't really have anything to look at, but why has this behaviour exploded the last years?
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Psychologists' mentality- stick "compulsive" in front and "disorder" behind and add it up to $dollar$ signs!
    I'm sure, we all have CFD!
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    Isn't is simply OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. Why specify?

    Hmm, ow well..
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    ocd, adhd, depression, anxiety, etc.etc.
    All could be used to describe the symptoms of internet addictive disorder-----another of my fields of study, so i refer to my neighbor's constant lawn mowing as CLMD(Compulsive Lawn Mowing disease/disorder). I suspect that labeling was part of our training. Once, I had an allergic reaction, and the doctor I saw, stroked his chin and pronounced "erythema multiforme", for a moment I had thought that he had come up with a diagnosis, then reflected for a moment and realized that he had just described the symptoms in a dead language (new latin from ancient greek)----labels seem to be part of the training there too.

    The more I read of the "disease", the studies seem to focus on social media useage.

    But, we all know how frustrating web research can be---search for a simple thing like finding out whether the hadley cells have changed size and location over the past 50 years, or comparing latitudes of precipitation between 2012 and 1950, and I may open 100 websites that have little or nothing to do with the query. and another several dozens that are mindless blogs, parroting other mindless blogs. And never find what i had searched for---
    damned frustrating -------so after one such search, i too may show symptoms of a disease. (But, I ain't crazy---honest)
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    I am too addicted. We had a power outage for some months ago.
    Only lasted some 5 hours or was it even 3 hours? Haha I felt
    totally lost without internet access. It is not easy to get out of it is it?
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    I think that people can become so reliant on their mobile phones it almost becomes like the ability to speak it's self, just try and imagine how it would feel if you were unable to speak for a period of time. It would probarbly be most unpleasant but this is because we all rely on being to communicate through speech and just like this, there are now so many people who rely on being able to communicate on their phones or through email.
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    I've read that the brain actually produce transmittor substances that
    makes it feels like you are "high". I have not tested drugs so I can not
    confirm nor can I say there is differences but the "high" you get from
    getting responses on FaceBook or getting a text message from someone
    you know on the smart phone is a bit like a drug high in that it is contagious
    you can get addicted to getting such feedback daily. Hooked on a feeling...

    At leat it feels like that. Further research can hopefully explain better and
    point to solutions, how to avoid that one get too addicted.
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    I'm an IT professional of over 20 years experience - I do not now, nor have I ever had a domestic internet connection.
    I've got this other thing going on at home - It's called a life
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    Quote Originally Posted by tszy View Post
    I'm an IT professional of over 20 years experience - I do not now, nor have I ever had a domestic internet connection.
    I've got this other thing going on at home - It's called a life
    I like people who think this way. I mean, they know how it really is, they know they don't do any more then others, but they also know that what they say makes others think they should do more.

    I've got this other thing going on at home, it's called "Judging people for what they may or may not do, due to pointing out your own actions, and calling this a life."

    Most of us have a life. Those who lie sick in bed all day, can't move, and need medicine to survive, don't have one.

    Addictions are a humans way of bonding to a certain action. It can be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological. Most humans are addicted in some level to things like; flipping people off, chewing loudly, yawning, kicking the seat in front, giggling, rolleye, smoking, speeding, slumbering, googling, etc. Those things are normal, and those who do it, usually do it a lot, and feel they need to do it, so it's basically an addiction.

    To Tszy again... Good that you think youve got a life. I can still tell you that it could even be better, way better. Like rockstar good. But you don't have that, why, because you didn't try. Good luck with that..
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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