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Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

  A group of scientists sponsored by Japan’s government recently found that a significant portion of Japanese youths are likely addicted to the Internet, which can cause health problems, including sleep disruptions and negative mental effects. A team of researchers, led by Professor Takashi Oida of Nihon University, distributed a survey to nearly 140,000 students across Japan to find out how they utilize the internet, and how it affects them. A total of about 98,000 student … Read entire article »

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The Addiction to Technology

The Addiction to Technology

  In this age of rapid technological advances, it isn’t a surprise that many people spend far too much time on social media as well as on technological novelties such as the iPad or tablets. Potentially more surprising is the fact that people are experiencing symptoms similar to those of drug withdrawals when they are separated from their computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. This is a problem, like addiction in general, that affects people … Read entire article »

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The Genes and Genesis of Internet Addiction

The Genes and Genesis of Internet Addiction

  Recent research from German scientists led by Christian Montag at the University of Bonn found that individuals showing signs of internet addiction were more likely to possess a mutation of the CHRNA4 gene than their non-internet addicted counterparts (Gannon). This gene abnormality is commonly associated with nicotine addiction.  The mutation was more commonly seen in female internet addicts than male, and, as such Montag hypothesized, it may have to do with the types of websites women … Read entire article »

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Internet Addiction: Just as Bad as the Real Thing?

  Internet addiction disorder (IAD), or, more broadly, Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life.  These terms avoid the word “addiction” and are not limited to any single cause.  Internet addiction can affect almost everyone who has a computer and cannot turn it off.  I am not a full-fledged internet addict—fortunately—but I do come very close to it.  I am sadly on the internet almost as soon as I come home, though it doesn’t consume me like my other addictions which I am sober from now, alcohol and weed.  But it does take me away from other, more productive things I could be doing. It is hard living in a society where the internet is everywhere and almost everything is run … Read entire article »

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The Seoul Sucking Internet

Most people around the world, because of new advances in technology, are being fed media, constantly, from almost every angle, whether they like it or not.  In South Korea, its people relish the ability to practically attain universal internet access at speeds like no other, at shocking prices.  Such accessible internet like this has damaged many South Koreans’ lives allowing for the door to addiction to open up.  They can be described as “internet addicts.”  This addiction is so prevalent that the popular PBS show “Frontline” aired an episode showing South Korean children that had internet addiction, in rehab, trying to deter themselves from their unhealthy craving for the World Wide Web.  In one extreme case, a Korean couple left for the night to play online games at an internet … Read entire article »

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Thinspo

Thinspo

  Recently, there has been a lot of talk around both Tumblr and Pinterest about censorship of self-harm related content. First Tumblr banned images and groups promoting anorexia and bulimia in addition to images that glorify or show self-harm, and shortly thereafter Pinterest followed suit by banning self-harm photos. Following an influx of users promoting eating disorders, Pinterest announced their plan to ban content promoting eating disorders starting this Friday. Facebook has also made efforts to … Read entire article »

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Shopping for drugs online

Shopping for drugs online

  The Internet is a limitless network of information that can be used for almost anything, but now with the new online decentralized currency called Bitcoin, people can purchase illegal drugs from the Internet. A website called Silk Road is an anonymous website that is similar to Amazon and Ebay with an online shopping cart and a user-feedback system. By purchasing drugs from this website you can obtain drugs without ever having to leave your house … Read entire article »

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My raging twitter addiction

My raging twitter addiction

  whatever you may wanna call me, tweeter, tweep, twat? I have to admit I’m a compulsive tweeter, I tweet all day and all night, its far beyond an Internet addiction which I seem to have replaced with this. It was called to my attention by my niece who herself is a tweeter, she says she had to unfollow me because she really does not care to know that much about me, is it really too … Read entire article »

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Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

A recent study on adolescents shows that teens who play more than nine hours of video games a week seem to have a larger reward center in the brain than those who play less than nine hours. Although they cannot determine if videogames are the cause of this area in the ventral striatum being larger and more active, there seems to be correlation between this reward center and frequent gaming. This region of the brain … Read entire article »

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Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

What really is cause for something being labeled an addiction and what is the actual criterion for certain behaviors to fit into the definition of an unhealthy habitual action? As human beings it seems that almost anything can become an unhealthy action to a degree, anything consumed or done in extreme over and over again can transfer into an obsession and thus has the ability to cut us off from reality as well as … Read entire article »

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