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An equivalent statment to me is like being addicted to, say, books. Pretty much EVERYTHING I personally do on the internet is a flow of useful information, much like a book. When you take away that information I so enjoy having, I don't like it. However, you can't call it an addiction unless you also want to call learning an addiction, which is silly. Therefore, this study is silly, at least when pertaining to my own situation.

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My SO is a high school teacher and her district did a study concerning a similar subject, but specifically geared towards cell phones. They found that a very large percentage of kids have withdrawal symptoms very close to what a meth user goes through when their phones are taken away. The study was done after several kids had their phones taken away for using them in class and then turned violent, in some cases attacking the teachers causing physical harm. One kid could not even remember freaking out and flat out denied it even after being shown a video (from another phone...) of her assaulting the teacher. She is using the insanity plea to fight the assault charges...
And, wow... I can live without my phone no problem, so this I can't even begin to understand...
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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.
strongly +1 i hate the absurdity that gets put out to the media as "news" its usually been misconstrued by the media and then people suck it up like a sponge
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post #23 of 94
Weak argument is weak.

Hey guys "abstain from eating things that taste good for 24 hours"...

What's that? You don't enjoy it? You miss food that tastes good? You must be addicted to good tasting food, go get help...

I mean, really? Of course you will feel cut-off if you are suddenly unable to access the largest source of information in the world.

If anything, it's not "addiciton" to the net, it's "addiction" to information.
 
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post #24 of 94
They didn't prove anything about INTERNET addiction. What they proved is that people get bored and restless when they have nothing to do. BIG shocker there...

They didn't take away peoples internet connection, they took away peoples game consoles, their hand helds, their TVs, their computers, etc etc, not JUST an internet connection.
post #25 of 94
nothing new here...internet is connectivity

20% tho isnt high at all
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r View Post
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.
Me too!
If I was cut off from the internet for more than 24 hours, I am pretty sure I'll get hallucinations where I see Google and other web pages loading up in when the page actually says web page not available.

If its an ISP's problem, here is what I usually do
be cool first
act confused
get mad
start getting angry
fight!
more fight!
fireeeeee
    
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I wouldn't sweat it, just go spark a bowl and laugh at the people freaking out about not having YouTube.
 
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Cut off the internet! Drink more booze!


...Wait.
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Quote:
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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.
Agree
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Article also hints at a bigger problem of declining direct social interaction. People are so attached at communicating through devices and 'faces' that they become caught off guard when they have to actually look someone in the eye and talk to them.
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