Friday, 25 September 2009

Internet Addiction?

"Like other addicts, users experience cravings, urges, withdrawal and tolerance, requiring more and better equipment and software, or more and more hours online, according to Dr. Jerald Block, a psychiatrist at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Block says people can lose all track of time or neglect "basic drives," like eating or sleeping. Relapse rates are high, he writes, and some people may need psychoactive medications or hospitalization." - Ottawa Citizen. Are you glued to the screen?

ReStart has a 12-step program, similar to those for alcohol or drug addicts, for recovering cyber junkies. "The idea here is teaching people how to be moderate in their behavior and stay oriented to the real world," - Hilarie Cash. The retreat has beds for six patients. A 45-day stay costs $14,500 dollars plus cash for daily expenses such as renting camping gear for wilderness adventures. (China has banned electro-shock therapy as a treatment for Internet addiction, citing uncertainty in the safety and effectiveness of the practice after criticism in the local media.)

Are you an Internet Addict? (take the quiz here)

38+ hours per week online

Denying excessive use

Changing sleep patterns

Eating at the computer
ILMAO = (I laughed my ass off) when I found out there is a 'BLOG' dedicated to internet addiction. Well that's the way to cure 'em.


Kitty said...

yes, i eat by my computer, and i am beginning to think i should not have bought that iPhone yesterday...


Kitty: You are so lucky! iPhone !!!!

Cote de Texas said...

eat at the computer? hmmm. what about giving up eating for the computer? changing sleep patterns, yep. got that too. oy. let me write a blog about my addiction to cure me.

corine said...

Too chicken to take the test, too lucid to buy and iphone.