Today's Links: Internet addiction? Test yourself

"TODAY’S LINKS" October 30, 2006“Today’s Links” is an eclectic round up pointing to noteworthy news and worthy analysis from all around the World Wide Web.TODAY’S LINKS October 30, 2006: Internet Addiction Complusive Disorder?

"TODAY’S LINKS" October 30, 2006

“Today’s Links” is an eclectic round up pointing to noteworthy news and worthy analysis from all around the World Wide Web.

TODAY’S LINKS October 30, 2006: Internet Addiction Complusive Disorder? Find Out.

Internet Addiction Self-Test, Center for Internet Addiction Recovery

Internet addiction is a type of compulsive disorder and as an organization, we are specifically dedicated to helping people who suffer from this new form of addictive behavior:

Cybersexual Affairs, Cyberporn Addiction, Chat Room Addiction, Obsessive Role Play Gaming, Compulsive Online Gambling, eBay Addiction, Compulsive Surfing...

How do you know if you're already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? Developed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the Internet Addiction Test is a 20-item questionnaire that measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Addiction.

Virtual Affairs Souring Real Relationships, India News 10/30/06

Casual Internet affairs, which usually last up to a few weeks, are increasingly souring real-life relationships...Excessive use of Internet is also becoming a reason for break-up of marriages...

Ariestotle (chat name) is a film production assistant in Mumbai who usually works 15 days a month. 'I usually chat with women,' admits Ariestotle, who is logged on to the Yahoo and MSN messengers round-the-clock.

'The only time I am not logged in is when my brother wants to use the PC or I am not at home. I use my cellphone to interact then,' he said...

Anita (name changed), 29, by her own admission is addicted to the '30-something-room' on a popular Indian chat site.

'Even when I am at work I have to just log in and be there. I may not be participating actively, but the compulsion to log in is immense,' she said.

Anita has befriended quite a few friends in cyber world. 'I have had a few showdowns with my husband over this. So I am a little careful now. I chat and even call up these friends when he is not around.'

Internet Impulse Control Disorder? Newsday 10/28/06

Is spending too much time on the Internet a bad habit or a serious addiction? Researchers at Stanford University are trying to determine just that.

In a new study based on a random telephone survey of 2,513 adults nationwide, researchers found that of the 56.3 percent who responded, one out of eight exhibited at least one symptom of what could be classified as Internet addiction...

Aboujaoude, director of Stanford's Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, quickly added that it was premature to say whether survey respondents actually had a clinical disorder.

"Problematic Internet use, based on my clinical experience and other published studies, is not limited to online gambling or pornography, although these venues receive the most media coverage for obvious reasons," Aboujaoude said. "People can also abuse chat rooms, blogs, online auction sites, special interest Web sites, etc."

AND DID YOU CATCH…

In "Are you too wired? Eight sure signs you need to disconnect!" I present a handy quiz to see if you need to unplug, chill, exercise…:

I noted in “Cellphones vs. Sex: the latest dilemma” that being always-on is not always a good thing, especially when it comes to your sex life!…MORE

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