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← Can you really be addicted to the internet?

Stephen of Wimbledon's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by Stephen of Wimbledon

Of course the Chinese have found 'evidence' for Net Addiction.

The Net is where bad ideas come to die.

The Chinese have a history of:

a. Censorship

b. Attempting to control the Net - and recently getting close to succeeding (thanks to a US company - go figure)

The full story is well worth a read.

Several things stood out for me:

Last year Charles O'Brien of the University of Pennsylvania, the Chair of the Addictions Committee, said in a press conference reported here, that internet addiction would not be included ... [in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is due to be updated in 2012]

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The ... obvious point to make about the Chinese study is that it's very small and therefore not conclusive of anything.

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Colin Drummond, [is] Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at Kings College London, which has the largest research centre for psychiatry in Europe. I asked him whether internet addiction is a medical illness. He said:

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No ...

Peace.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:14:53 UTC | #908679