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.
Internet, music and games are FUN. Of course people get bored when what they usually spend their time on gets taken away from them. How could this come as a surprise to anyone? The word "addiction" is randomly thrown in people's faces WAY too much these days.
Their logic (or lack thereof) could be applied to anything that anyone invests time on for the purpose of being entertained. Christ.
These retarded ways of thinking really get on my nerves.
I haven't read the thread, I just needed to get this out.
Originally Posted by damian5000
I don't even think there's a question as to whether internet and computer addiction is real or not.
It may not be something that happens to you, but I feel it all the time. I forego food, will hold my urine, will not interact with beautiful women sitting in my room waiting to have relations with me...Just to check overclock or play spades or any other number of things related to internet and computer.
Just because people can adapt, doesn't mean it isn't addiction. People who use heroin and crack will adapt too if you keep it from them long enough.
You have to differentiate between physical and psychological addictions. Psychological addictions CANNOT cause withdrawal symptoms, as the study implies. Boredom and the result of boredom is NOT THE SAME as withdrawal and it is certainly not nearly as serious.
Should've read the thread to begin with; apparently this has been said several times. I completely agree.Edited by Goaky - 4/7/11 at 8:24am