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← Can you really be addicted to the internet?

justinesaracen's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by justinesaracen

Silly use of the concept of "addiction". If it means you have grown comfortable with it, seek it out daily for pleasure and satisfaction, and miss it if deprived of it, then you can be "addicted" to: Talking to friends, cuddling your children and/or pets, Intimacy with your partner, Good tasting food, a good glass of wine.

The decision to label any form of behavior as 'addictive is meaningless unless it carries with it the assumption that such behavior is detrimental to health and happiness. Daily use of the internet is neither of these.

Now I'm going to pay my bills online, check what's playing at the movies, read a few newspapers, send a few emails, do some research for my next novel, watch Rachel Maddow online, and then go to my other social networking sites to have a few nice conversations.

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:24:49 UTC | #908160