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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    Moggy, 6 Aug 2003 @ 11:19am

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    It sounds to me like a case of the usual prejudice against intellectual activities. Notice that there's never been a serious move to classify addictions to sports, television shows, talking on the phone, or similar things -- because those are the activities that the popular/jock-type individuals do. There has long been a prejudice by the average masses against the relatively rare people that prefer individual intellectual activities of any kind, whether it involves physics, books, or working with computers. This is just the latest manifestation of that.

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