You’re an internet addict. Yes, you.

By Ilya Kochanov
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

According to some doctors with big weird eyebrows and some kind of doctorate, excessive internet usage might soon be classified as an actual mental disease.

Never mind the fact that people, such as myself, earn money by going online. Or that corporations, banks, and schools rely heavily on the internet for virtually every aspect of their business. Withdrawal is listed as one of the characteristics of an addiction and it just so happens that you might start freaking out if you’re waiting for an email from a potential employer, and urgently need to get to a computer.

John MacDonald, an addiction therapist in Toronto says that a person is classified as an “internet addict” when being away from their computer is “emotionally upsetting”. I don’t know about you but if I couldn’t go online to check urgent email, check my bank account, and stay in touch with friends, I’d be very pissed.

I am just going to go ahead and say that frankly, this is incredibly stupid. Forget the irony of the fact that these doctors will most likely post their findings online, and forget that most of our sensitive affairs are handled via the interwebz. I will say this though: content of questionable appropriateness is quite addictive.

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20 Responses to You’re an internet addict. Yes, you.

  1. Hmmmm taking things out of context? Sounds like you're over reacting a little. Just read this bit again from the original article before you succumb to media hype hysteria…

    "According to addiction therapist John Macdonald, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, computer use becomes problematic when the behaviour starts affecting people's lives.

    For example, is the person pre-occupied with getting, and staying, online? "If they're not able to engage in it, is it emotionally upsetting for them?

    "The real proof in the pudding: is the amount that you do causing any problems in your life?" Mr. Macdonald says."

    I'm not trying to be mean, well I am, but er, not in a bad way. ;) I just felt sorry for poor Mr Macdonald for a second, he sounds like a reasonable guy with a genuine concern, who probably doesn't deserve to have his eyebrows insulted. :)

  2. Hmmmm taking things out of context? Sounds like you’re over reacting a little. Just read this bit again from the original article before you succumb to media hype hysteria…

    “According to addiction therapist John Macdonald, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, computer use becomes problematic when the behaviour starts affecting people’s lives.

    For example, is the person pre-occupied with getting, and staying, online? “If they’re not able to engage in it, is it emotionally upsetting for them?

    “The real proof in the pudding: is the amount that you do causing any problems in your life?” Mr. Macdonald says.”

    I’m not trying to be mean, well I am, but er, not in a bad way. ;) I just felt sorry for poor Mr Macdonald for a second, he sounds like a reasonable guy with a genuine concern, who probably doesn’t deserve to have his eyebrows insulted. :)

  3. Kristie, I pretty much addressed those points. Read between the lines. I'm not over reacting, I'm taking the article for what it is. Regardless of criteria, they are classifying extended internet usage and dependency as a disease. One which most of us can say we have.

  4. Kristie, I pretty much addressed those points. Read between the lines. I’m not over reacting, I’m taking the article for what it is. Regardless of criteria, they are classifying extended internet usage and dependency as a disease. One which most of us can say we have.

  5. If you shake with rage when someone calls you a n00b, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    If you have more than three chat windows open simultaneously, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    If you have conversations with anyone about who is in the top 8 of your friends list on Myspace, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    Can anyone name others?

  6. If you shake with rage when someone calls you a n00b, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    If you have more than three chat windows open simultaneously, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    If you have conversations with anyone about who is in the top 8 of your friends list on Myspace, you are probably addicted to the internet.

    Can anyone name others?

  7. Hello. My name is HSO, and I'm internet addict. Do we have a 12-step (12-bit?) program yet?

    Seriously, I do get upset when my broadband internet connection goes down for longer than, say, 20 minutes. We once had an outage that lasted 12 hours and I was shaking with withdrawal. Years ago, before broadband (back in the dark ages), I had subscribed to two dial-up providers, just in case one wouldn't connect, which was something that happened a lot. I even had one of the free dial-up connections with custom, ad-ridden browser-from-hell installed on my PC as a last-ditch contingency … you know, for those dire emergencies.

    That said, I don't feel the need to be on-line 24/7. I just want it to work when I am on the computer. I's needs me internets. The first thing I do when I go on vacation is find a nearby internet cafe. It's very sad. :)

  8. Hello. My name is HSO, and I’m internet addict. Do we have a 12-step (12-bit?) program yet?

    Seriously, I do get upset when my broadband internet connection goes down for longer than, say, 20 minutes. We once had an outage that lasted 12 hours and I was shaking with withdrawal. Years ago, before broadband (back in the dark ages), I had subscribed to two dial-up providers, just in case one wouldn’t connect, which was something that happened a lot. I even had one of the free dial-up connections with custom, ad-ridden browser-from-hell installed on my PC as a last-ditch contingency … you know, for those dire emergencies.

    That said, I don’t feel the need to be on-line 24/7. I just want it to work when I am on the computer. I’s needs me internets. The first thing I do when I go on vacation is find a nearby internet cafe. It’s very sad. :)

  9. HSO, you had me rolling about the connectivity. I'm the same way. I don't have to be online, but dammit, when I need to get online it better damn well work.

  10. HSO, you had me rolling about the connectivity. I’m the same way. I don’t have to be online, but dammit, when I need to get online it better damn well work.

  11. I will construct a short program which will rid afflicted individuals of this terrible disease.

    It is a 5 step program and involves methods which might be considered unorthodox or just plain dangerous.

    This will help you however, and will include a weekly news letter conveniently provided via email, blogging to document your success, and a group Twitter for on-the-go updates regarding this terrible addiction.

    Oh, wait.

  12. I will construct a short program which will rid afflicted individuals of this terrible disease.

    It is a 5 step program and involves methods which might be considered unorthodox or just plain dangerous.

    This will help you however, and will include a weekly news letter conveniently provided via email, blogging to document your success, and a group Twitter for on-the-go updates regarding this terrible addiction.

    Oh, wait.

  13. It is an addiction. It's just more socially acceptable then, say, cocaine. And you are–probably (hopefully)–more productive addicted to the internet then something else.

    Hi Beatbabe. My name is Sachi, and I too am addicted to the Internet.

  14. It is an addiction. It’s just more socially acceptable then, say, cocaine. And you are–probably (hopefully)–more productive addicted to the internet then something else.

    Hi Beatbabe. My name is Sachi, and I too am addicted to the Internet.