Internet addiction

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Man Downloads Fallout 4, Loses Wife and Job

Russian is now suing game's creator, claiming he developed an addiction

(Newser) - A 28-year-old gamer from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is suing Fallout 4 maker Bethesda Game Studios for an addiction he says cost him his wife, job, and health. After seeing an ad and downloading the game last month, he found himself emerging from a bunker into a post-apocalyptic world,... More »

Half of Doctors Constantly Play Mobile Games at Work

Dopamine activated by gaming 'overrides judgment': psych professor

(Newser) - "Let's start your colonoscopy as soon as I complete Dreamworld Level 171" probably isn't something you want to hear your gastroenterologist say, but according to a new YouGov survey on phone usage in the workplace, a good number of doctors just can't quit their mobile gaming... More »

Teen Battling Internet Addiction Cuts Off Own Hand

19-year-old is hospitalized in China, where 14% of youth may be addicted

(Newser) - About 14% of China's youths may be addicted to the Internet, says a psychologist; he runs a rehab center, or " boot camp ," that takes a tough approach to the weaning process, the Telegraph reports (a New York Times video makes the place look like a prison). Others,... More »

Man Dies in 3-Day Gaming Binge as Others Play On

The 32-year-old in Taiwan suffered 'cardiac failure'

(Newser) - Just a few weeks into the new year and a second death blamed on binge video-gaming is being reported in Taiwan. A 32-year-old identified only by his family name Hsieh was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead after workers at an Internet cafe in Kaohsiung City went to check... More »

6% of Planet's People May Be Addicted to Internet

New study finds the highest rates near 11% in the Middle East

(Newser) - Internet addiction may be a reality for more than 1 in 20 people worldwide, according to new research out of the University of Hong Kong and published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking . Researchers analyzed data from nearly 90,000 people in 31 countries and found that the... More »

First Case of Google Glass Addiction Reported

Internet addiction, however, is not yet recognized by the APA

(Newser) - A 31-year-old enlisted service member who recently checked himself into the US Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program for alcohol addiction began suffering an entirely unexpected withdrawal during the 35-day program. It turns out that when the program stripped him of Google Glass, which he'd been wearing 18 hours... More »

US Hospital Now Offering Rehab for Internet Addicts

10-week, $14K program involves a 'digital detox'

(Newser) - Hospital inpatient programs for treating addicts aren't new. But this one is: A Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital will become the first of its kind to offer a program for Internet addicts, reports Fox News . "[Internet addiction] is a problem in this country that can be more pervasive than alcoholism,... More »

Internet Addiction Might Be Genetic

Same mutation associated with nicotine addiction

(Newser) - Internet addiction may be in our genes—just like nicotine addiction. In a study of 843 people, researchers found that 132 suffered "problematic" online behavior: "All their thoughts revolve around the Internet during the day, and they feel their well-being is severely impacted if they have to go... More »

The Internet Actually Makes People Happier

Research links web use to well-being, especially in women

(Newser) - Turns out the hours you spend online might be helping, not hurting , you. Research from Britain's Chartered Institute of IT finds a link between internet use and well-being. "Put simply, people with IT access are more satisfied with life," one researcher tells Time . "IT has an enabling... More »

How to Calm Stress 2.0

From disconnecting to breathing, relieve social-media angst

(Newser) - Mobile devices might be great for social networking, but extreme devotion to Facebook, Twitter & Co. can lead to “Stress 2.0,” Soren Gordhamer cautions. Fortunately, he has tips for dealing with it:
  • Disconnect, even just briefly. When you stop absorbing information, go outside, eat lunch, chat up
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Baby Starves While Parents Tend to Virtual Child: Cops

But their virtual baby was doing great

(Newser) - A South Korean couple has been arrested for allegedly letting their real-life 3-month-old daughter starve to death while they cared for a virtual baby in an online game. Police say the 41-year-old father and 25-year-old mother spent 12 hours a night playing the Second Life-style online game PRIUS at an... More »

Top Signs You're an Internet Addict

When you know it's time to get a life

(Newser) - Do you just like reading Newser, or are you addicted to the Internet? Seattle-based Internet addiction center ReSTART lists the signs of a bad online habit:
  • Heightened euphoria. Trolling through sites gives you your greatest thrill.
  • Whiling away more hours. You look up and it's suddenly 2 am, when last
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First US Internet Addiction Rehab Center Opens

For $14,500, reStart offers therapy, socialization

(Newser) - The first US Internet addiction clinic has opened in Fall City, Wash. The Heavensfield Retreat Center offers “reStart,” a 45-day in-patient rehab program for Internet, video game, and texting addictions, LiveScience reports. Clients undergo talk therapy and social skills training, as well as feeding goats, raising chickens, and... More »

Teen Beaten to Death at Camp for Internet Addicts

Staff killed 16-year-old for running too slowly

(Newser) - A Chinese teen was beaten to death by staff at a boot camp in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Global Times reports. The parents of Deng Senshan, 16, paid $1,024 to send him to the Guangxi Qihang Survival Training Camp to cure his Internet addiction. Deng was put in... More »

China Sends 'Internet Addicts' to Boot Camp

(Newser) - Chinese families are unplugging Internet-addicted loved ones and shipping them off to boot camps, Radio Free Netherlands reports. The Internet Rehabilitation Centre of the People’s Liberation Army, which houses some 50 patients, is one of thousands of online addiction clinics around the country. "They don't only have psychological... More »

5 Signs of Facebook Addiction

(Newser) - If you're ignoring your kid or getting divorced because of Facebook—it's happened—you might have a problem. CNN outlines five telltale signs of Facebook addiction.
  • Losing sleep: If you're tired every morning because of late-night-friending, take a break, a UCLA psychologist advises: "You shouldn't be neglecting yourself because
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China to Declare 'Internet Addicts' Sick

Fervent web surfers face electro-shock treatments

(Newser) - China is about to become the first nation in the world to officially declare "internet addiction" a clinical disorder, reports the Guardian. Citizens hooked on the web may face treatment that includes military-style discipline, hypnosis, electro-shock therapy and drugs, reports the Guardian. The totalitarian Chinese authorities have repeatedly attempted... More »

Pal: Duchovny Addicted to Porn

Web obsession prompted actor to enter rehab

(Newser) - David Duchovny entered rehab for sex addiction because of a longstanding addiction to Internet pornography, not because he had cheated on wife Tea Leoni, a friend tells Fox News. The X-Files star, whose character on Showtime's Californication is a sex addict, went public with his demons because a fellow patient... More »

Study: Video Game Addicts Aren't Nerds

'Problem gamers' may be unhealthy, but they're not lonely geeks

(Newser) - The stereotype of the hard-core gamer as a friendless geek may be as outdated as Pac-Man, Reuters reports. An Australian study looked at "problem gamers" who spent more than 50 hours a week playing and discovered that less than 1% had poor social skills. The findings contradict statements from... More »

Silicon Valley Unplugs for Meetings

Companies go 'topless' to boost employees' attention

(Newser) - Tired of competing for attention with iPhones, BlackBerrys and laptops, some Silicon Valley companies are banning them from meetings. One exec calls it going "topless," short for laptopless, and the Los Angeles Times reports that it's boosting some companies' efficiency. "Aside from just being rude," an... More »

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