Web addiction

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Nomad, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    Web addiction might be included in the DSM in 2012

    How about it? Does this make sense to you? I know that I have had to put up "rules" for myself regarding using the internet excessively...and sometimes it has been VERY hard for me to restrict myself. I normally go regularly to two sites...this one and another. Others, I only go to once in a while. I'm going less often, largley because I have been busier than usual. The other one, I have promised myself to post no more than twice a week.
  2. daralex

    daralex Clinging onto my sanity

    I understand what they're saying, but sometimes the web can be a great escape. All of this technology is so new to our culture and we're still figuring it all out. Quite frankly I would be more worried about people who would die if they didn't have their blackberry attached at the hip. I would think anything can become an obsession - it's all about moderation
  3. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I admit it. My name is Janet and Im a webaholic.
  4. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this Nomad. What an interesting article. I am interested to see what will be included in the next DSM update about this.

    I wonder though...
    The internet and e-mail access are essential to my work. I truly cannot do my job without them. If I am an internet addict then I'm going to have to find a new line of work, because everything I do requires technology in some form or other.

    I also wonder...
    Is it the internet itself, or the things that the internet allows us to do, that is so addictive. Using the computer it's so much easier to get to bad stuff (e.g. porn) without ever leaving your house or losing your anonymity. Maybe the internet is just the vehicle. Like having a drug dealer living in your house rather than having to go out and find one.

    What a thought provoking idea.

  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    By those standards I'd be both a webaholic and a gameaholic.

    I get what they're saying too. I just think it's silly for the most part. Any behavior can be taken to the extreme.

    But honestly, I have a life other than this computer. And I live it. My computer is my entertainment, my social scene, and my information source.

    Somehow someone sitting in front of a tv set all day still isn't referred to as having an addiction.:sheepish: Go figure.

    Everything in moderation. But with all I use the computer for, it's no wonder I'm usually found sitting in front of it instead of the tv set.
  6. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Janet...you've taken step 1. :)

  7. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    My name is MB and I, too, am a webaholic. I will, however, be away from the puter for at least the next 4 hours. Of course, then I'll rush to turn on my laptop to see what I missed. And if I don't hurry, I'm going to be late, but I just HAVE to finish this post, check and see if Mikey has posted yet, see how Wynter is doing, doublecheck all forums to be sure there isn't someone who I might be able to say a little something that might help; then hit my other two sites to see if there's something of interest there; and, oops, mustn't forget to check my mail.

  8. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    Ohhhhhh passes the smart cap trophy to Abbey for her lovely senipipous comment to Janet.
    Way To Go girlfriend.

    I wasn't a web a holic until BBK turned me on to Scrabbulous Blitz and NOW? I am hooked.
  9. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    LOL....admitting it may be the first step but the problem is I dont want to stop!

    I wonder if this will be a diagnosis that will qualify for disability...lol. I can just add it to my ever growing list!
  10. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat


    I keep looking for you on Scrabulous.

    We need to synchronize our addictions.
  11. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Ok...now I'm vexed. Believe it or not, but I am an English/vocabulary/spelling nerd. I've never heard of senipipous. I'm going to have to look it up.

    I'll be back.

  12. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Ok...went to dictionary.com and couldn't find it. Someone help me here before I have a meltdown.

  13. ML

    ML Guest

    Abby I think Star was just using artistic license? Heck the dictionary may very well now have to add it now :)
  14. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Artistic license??? I am WAAAYYY too Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to let this go.

    STAR??? Step up to the plate. Keep in mind that I have to be at work tomorrow by 10am to be the sample lady. I won't sleep all night wondering about this word. Lord knows it's a high stress job. ;)

  15. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    I think it would be "serendipitous" (check sp on that). It means a "happy chance" basically
  16. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    I think that is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard.

    I use the web a lot for work, but on my free time, I am an information junkie and love the ability to look up anything and everything and spend a LOT of time just reading about "stuff" and broadening my knowledge.

    Honestly, anything that isn't done in what one set of people considers moderation seems to cause a lot of silly worry and consternation. I would much prefer to web surf than become a couch potatoe and go mindless in front of a TV set.


  17. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Ok...this I DO know. Star is just avoiding me. ;)

  18. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Sorry about that, Abbey. I wasn't trying to be obnoxious: I was just being "spectrumish" and reverted back to hyperlexia for a moment there.
  19. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Main Entry: hy·per·lex·ia
    Pronunciation: -'lek-sE-&
    Function: noun
    : precocious reading ability accompanied by difficulties in acquiring language and social skills —hy·per·lex·ic /-sik/ adjective

    Ok...you happy now? I've had to look up one word for the last two days.:furious: ;)

  20. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    If it's any consolation, while I communicate via the written word very well; I am very much prone to not making sense verbally on occasion.

    And yeah, I am somewhere on the spectrum. I've learnt so well to cover it that no one is quite sure what I actually have.

    Plus, my mother's an Aspie and the daughter of Aspie and sister to another. It runs so heavily in the family that I inherited my favorite foot stimulant from my mother.

    It was just sort of normal in my family to be an "odd duck", I guess.