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University students faced with a sudden Internet and media blackout begin to feel withdrawal symptoms after 24 hours, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland's International Center for Media & the Public Agenda. The study followed the reactions of 1,000 students around the globe after they were asked to abstain from all forms of media for a day, leading the researchers to believe that Internet addiction is a real phenomenon, even if there's debate about it as a clinical diagnosis.

Students from 10 countries—including the US, Mexico, China, Argentina, the UK—all reported distress, isolation, confusion, boredom, and a feeling of addiction when they had to go 24 hours without any form of media, including Internet, music, games, news shows, and their cell phones. However, the numbers were not all equal—students from the US and China (mainland and Hong Kong) showed the highest percentages of feeling addicted, at 23 and 22 percent respectively.

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I get the same when my internet goes down. My PC feels useless without the internet, and i just dont know what to do and i get really bored.
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Not surprising. I'm sure I'm right in there with them. I can't help but check, recheck, and rerecheck my threads here every two minutes.

One way to combat this is to have tons of movies and tv shows to watch.
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Who want's to start a 12 step program with me?
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I get the same when my internet goes down. My PC feels useless without the internet, and i just dont know what to do and i get really bored.
Agreed to an extent.

Even though i know i can play Steam in offline mode, having my PC or lappy on with no internet connection just doesn't feel right.

Usually when there's an outage i just turn on my console.
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I get the same when my internet goes down. My PC feels useless without the internet, and i just dont know what to do and i get really bored.
I feel the same way. If I'm at a computer without Internet even games feel like their lacking something. Usually when that happens I will read a book, the only thing that seams to help for some reason.
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I dunno I think this is safe to say about anything that people get accustomed to. Cars, coffee, beer, sleep, sex, social interaction, TV, board games, I even know people who can't sit still for 30 min without falling asleep so they work/clean/femaledog it's called routine and we are well known creatures of habit.

Not surprised at all and I actually fear to know how much money was wasted to figure out something any 8th grader could tell you.
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yes, because now they have to use thier imagination for porn!
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Obvious study reveals obvious results. Obviously if you ask people to stop using the stuff that they spend a lot of time working hard to be able to afford and obtain, they will show signs of "withdraw".

If you asked a child to stop playing with all his/her toys you would get a similar reaction. However you would not then say the child is addicted to toys.

Using the word addiction is very wrong in this context, especially since our media devices are now a big part of how we interact with each other so in this case people are also being asked to reduce their human interactions. What this study does not point out is that if you asked people to do this for a week or a month, they would certainly adapt.

Just to be clear, they are using the word addiction in its weakest form and the actual study does not argue if internet addiction is real or not, the article presenting the study makes that inference.
    
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