Experts debate Internet addiction

Nov 14, 2006

Experts have questioned whether Internet addiction constitutes a psychological disorder and an Arlington, Va., group may add it to its diagnostic manual.

Members of the American Psychiatric Association have said the organization may include Internet addiction in its next guidebook, while experts debate whether the issue constitutes a psychological problem, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

"There's no question that there are people who are seriously in trouble because of the fact that they're overdoing their Internet involvement," said Ivan Goldberg, a New York psychiatrist. Goldberg said the problem is a disorder and not a true addiction. Merriam-Webster's medical dictionary defines addiction as a "compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance."

Jonathan Bishop, a Wales researcher who focuses on Internet communities, said addiction is impossible. "The Internet is an environment," he said. "You can't be addicted to the environment." Bishop said the problem lies with the Internet user's priorities and can be solved by encouraging them to pursue offline goals.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Identifying the war-afflicted teenagers most in need of mental health care

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

IOC defends Rio legacy amid green protests

38 minutes ago

Ecological protests on Saturday dogged the final day of an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Rio as green campaigners slated the choice of a nature reserve to hold the golf event ...

Japan's NTT to buy German data centre operator

38 minutes ago

Japanese telecom giant NTT Communications is looking to acquire German data centre operator e-shelter, as it seeks to cash in on growing demand in Europe, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Fashionable or geeky—the modern watch dilemma

4 hours ago

It's Milan fashion week, you've got tickets to the catwalk shows and an outfit to die for, but which watch to wear? A chunky smartwatch or chic ticker that can't tell the time?

Recommended for you

An alternative to medical marijuana for pain?

52 minutes ago

Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit ...

Curtailing worry reduces key schizophrenia symptom

1 hour ago

Delusions of persecution in psychiatric patients can be reduced with just six sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a new clinical trial has found. Using CBT in this way could potentially help ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.