Admittedly, there is a growing number of people who are hooked on the Internet because of social networking sites, chats and emails, illegal downloading, online games and of course the never-ending saga of pornographic video clips and images.
I can only imagine the frustration, withdrawal symptoms and incessant craving of many people to connect online when that mysterious cut of 5 undersea cables in the Middle East took place.
Thatâ€™s why it comes as no surprise that some medical experts are pushing to make Internet addiction as an official mental disorder. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Dr. Jerald Block, a psychiatrist at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, pushes to include this in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
It turned out about 86% of online addicts suffer from different forms of mental illness. Other studies reveal the estimated number of Internet addicts range from 5% to 10%.
Surprisingly, introverted male geeks no longer have the monopoly of this disorder for there are studies showing that middle-aged women are also exhibiting this behavior as a way to flee from reality.
Though its magnitude is not comparable to other mental illness, itâ€™s a good step to chronicle this behavior and monitor its evolution constantly.
How about you? Do you think itâ€™s too early to classify Internet addiction as a mental illness?
Originally posted on March 17, 2008 @ 10:31 am