Are You Addicted To the Internet? [video plus Internet Addiction Test]_Featured_, Technology, Videos Thursday, October 11th, 2012
“If being offline makes you feel jittery or anxious, you may have a mental illness. Psychiatrists have decided to list Internet Use Disorder (IUD) as a condition “recommended for further study” in the 2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM. That means they haven’t decided yet whether IUD is a legitimate diagnosis requiring treatment, but might do so in the future.
So, what are the symptoms of this potentially diagnosable mental health problem?
“Based on the definition offered by the American Psychiatric Association (the group responsible for the revision of the DSM), IUD is an addiction to Internet gaming. Its symptoms include a preoccupation with gaming, withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety and irritability) while offline, the need to spend increasing amounts of time gaming (called “tolerance”), loss of other interests and hobbies, inability to limit gaming time, use of gaming to improve mood, deception of family and friends about extent of use, and jeopardizing opportunities because of gaming.
“Although IUD is most closely associated with addiction to online gaming, many scientific studies of the condition expand its definition to include excessive Web use in general…”.*
Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.
*Read more here from Natalie Wolchover / LiveScience.com / Yahoo: