Web Addiction Could Become An Official Disorder

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Researchers are now proposing that excessive web surfing be classified as a disorder. The article points out that diagnosis and treatment of such a "disorder" could have a huge impact on business. What other disorder is actually a requirement of some jobs? You don't have jobs where you need to drink all day, but you do have jobs that require you to be online all day. I'm certainly not a psychologist, but I find it hard to believe that internet addiction is a separate classification all on its own, rather than an indication that something else is wrong.
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    Shawn, 28 Feb 2007 @ 8:16pm

    Web Addiction

    People are not taking this seriously. My wife and son's mother began playing World of Warcraft over a year ago, and we have not seen her since. When I threatened to stop paying the fee for our DSL line; she moved out, changed her address, and filed for a divorce; naming me as the custodial parent and abondoning both I and her son. She continues to play the game at her mother's house and was fired from work. Still playing, even at this moment Im sure, she is unaware of the world around her.
    I read that in China is has been clasified as a National problem affect 14% of the youths. Here in the states I believe it is probably higher like about 25%.
    Joke if you want, laugh if you want, or read about Greenspans announcement we are going into a recession and consider the affects of the web in light of you losing your income, home, and family.

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