From DePauw University's computing department:
Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is a broad term covering a wide-variety of behaviors and impulse-control problems. Generally, IAD can be divided into five specific types:Notice that I'm suffering from number four - Informational Overload (obviously) and number two (blogging).
- Cybersexual Addiction - characterized by viewing, downloading and trading online pornography or involved in adult fantasy role-play chat rooms.
- Cyber-Relational Addiction - characterized by becoming overly involved in online relationships.
- Net Gaming - includes obsessive online gambling, gaming, shopping, or stock trading.
- Informational Overload - characterized by excessive web surfing and database searches.
- Computer Addiction - characterized by obsessive use of computer games which are not interactive or played online.
On the right hand side of google search, I found this "Break the Habit" advertising that brought me to this web page Drug Abuse Rehabilitation. This is all just a coincident but I'm pretty amazed that both this article closely resembles my blog title: Break of Information Overload.
Despite all the effort I put in to avoid the addiction, I can't live without the Internet. It's just impossible when all my work, study and networks are online (that's excluding entertainment). With everything situated in one place, it's impossible to live without it. I've even went to the extend of developing the desire of buying a palmtop to bring Internet everywhere with me. Total madness.
Swifty wrote an interesting ( and hilarious ) story about what happens under the Internet Apocalypse. What will the world become when the Internet disappear? How will people react to it?
On Prevent Diseases.com, they suggest that Internet addiction may be a form of stress management (aka procrastination). Makes sense to me:
"Procrastination, low productivity, social withdrawal and relationship difficulties" were common among those spending an unhealthy amount of time on the Web, report researchers led by graduate student Richard Davis of York University in Toronto, Ontario.
He presented the findings here Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Excessive Internet use was also strongly linked to procrastination, suggesting that the Web is fast becoming a more interactive alternative to video games or bad TV. In the workplace, especially, this type of online procrastination is commonly known as "cyberslacking," resulting in "significant losses in productivity," according to the researchers. In fact, one 2001 study found 50% of Web surfers admitting that they spent about half of their online time avoiding more productive activities.
The researchers found no differences between men and women when it came to the percentage of individuals showing signs of problematic Internet use, or their underlying psychology. Women are increasingly making up a larger percentage of Web users, Davis pointed out. "For young females, it used to be that young teenage girls used to come home and go to their telephone and talk all night to their friends. Now they are coming home and instant-messaging in a big way."
Now, that makes lotsa sense to me. Okay, what was I suppose to do again?
References: The Political Activist And His Murderous Little Birds, Bloggers Who Do Lots of Cutting And Pasting, Heroic Xiaxue Slayers , Internet as a form of stress management, Internet addiction ,
Tags: Internet, Apocalypse, Addiction, stress, management, procrastination,