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Internet Addiction Growing?
Reports of Internet addiction have been cropping up for the last several years. In a 2006 study, one in eight US adults showed some signs of being addicted to the Internet.
"Addicts" showed signs of compulsive internet use, habitually checking e-mail, websites and chat rooms.
More than 8% of the 2,513 respondents to the Stanford University phone survey said they hid their use from partners.
A typical addict is a single, white college-educated male in his 30s, who spends more than 30 hours a week on "non-essential" computer use, it found.
More recently, Internet addiction is being fought in South Korea, which has the highest data throughput to homes of any country in the world.
(NetAddiction online test of Internet addiction)
A fascination with Internet gaming can have deadly consequences, as in the case of this indicted South Korean couple:
Every evening, the couple, Kim Yun-jeong and her husband, Kim Jae-beom, 41, left their one-room apartment for an all-night Internet cafe where they role-played, often until dawn. Each one raised a virtual daughter, who followed them everywhere, and was fed, dressed and cuddled all with a few clicks of the mouse.
On the morning of Sept. 24 last year, they returned home after a 12-hour game session to find their actual daughter, a 3-month-old named Sa-rang love in Korean dead, shriveled with malnutrition.
In February, a 22-year-old man was arrested and accused of killing his mother for nagging him about his obsessive playing. In the same month, a 32-year-old man dropped dead of exhaustion in a computer parlor after playing through the five-day Lunar New Year holiday. Some jobless men come here in hope of a financial breakthrough, said Hong Seong-in, the owner of a computer parlor.
As far as I know, Dan Simmons was as early as anyone in describing the addictive attractions of the data stream. He writes about internet addiction in his Hugo award-winning 1989 novel Hyperion:
The datasphere was construct delight that first year- I called up information almost constantly, living in a frenzy of full interface. I was as addicted to raw data as the Caribou Herd were to their stims and drugs. I could imagine don Balthazar spinning in his molten grave as I gave up long-term memory for the transient satisfaction of implant omniscience.
You may be wondering - "Do I suffer from Internet addiction?" A helpful test has been posted at NetAddiction; it claims to be the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Internet.
(NetAddiction online test of Internet addiction)
From NetAddiction, BBC, NY Times. Thanks to John B. for suggesting this story.
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