Internet Addiction Like Alcoholism?

Aron Schatz
October 18, 2006

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I think I'll file this one under the stupidity clause. This study is stupid and does not affect people like alcohol does. Being on the internet is not mood-altering... it just makes you anti-social.


Nearly 14% of respondents said they found it difficult to stay away from the internet for several days and 12% admitted that they often remain online longer than expected. More than 8% of those surveyed said they hid internet use from family, friends and employers, and the same percentage confessed to going online to flee from real-world problems. Approximately 6% also said their personal relationships had suffered as a result of excessive internet usage. "Potential markers of problematic internet use are present in a sizeable portion of the population," the researchers note.


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