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Stephen of Wimbledon's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Stephen of Wimbledon

In response to Comment 9 by Chris Roberts

I hope the following adds to your post.

IAD was originally proposed as a disorder in a satirical hoax by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., in 1995. He took pathological gambling as diagnosed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as his model for the description of IAD. It is not, however, included in the current DSM ...

Source: Wikipedia


Internet addiction disorder refers to the problematic use of the Internet, including the various aspects of its technology, such as electronic mail (e-mail) and the World Wide Web. The reader should note that Internet addiction disorder is not listed in the mental health professional's handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision (2000), which is also called the DSM. Internet addiction has, however, been formally recognized as a disorder by the American Psychological Association.

Source: Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

Greenfield is guilty of not doing her homework and is, controversially, using scant evidence from an emerging (and therefore little understood) field. IAD exists as a disorder, but is not counted as an addiction. In addition, as you rightly point out, Greenfield is guilty of extrapolating from current research to claim things that have not been discovered - and adding that:

I think there are enough pointers that we should be talking about this rather than stressing about not being able to replicate things in a lab instantly.

... is both clearly not true as the PLos study has indicated that there are ways to bolster sociological studies and psychological statistics with immediate lab results, and asks us to accept her unsupported theory on the basis of her personal credentials.

No better than your average creationist really.


Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:30:57 UTC | #883683