depression due to internet addiction

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amberbliss
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   Posted 9/20/2011 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
whether it's addicted to the internet, smart phone, social media, or video games these addictions are popping up more and more in studies about depression...Thoughts?

amberbliss
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   Posted 9/20/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
i guess i will say that the theory that makes the most sense to me is that the internet, gaming, social media, etc is no different than drugs or alcohol - they are an escape from reality - the lack of human contact becomes an issue which maybe you originally turned to the internet because you already were not getting enough human contact the internet addiction makes it worse ....its complicated to say the least but i believe it is an issue today and only getting worse.

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   Posted 9/20/2011 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I find a lot of people get phobias when they read about certain illnesses. I think it depends on the person, but it can trigger people to think that they have that illness and I think that is sad. I can believe that it can contribute to depression for the lack of social contact as you described. Coming here though helps people interact with eachother on common ground. I think it opens us up to having conversation that we would of not normally had. So social groups on the internet can open people up an bring them together to discuss things that normally would be left unsaid. So there is good and bad in the internet. I must admit though, I agree with you that person's can get trapped in a fantasy world that keeps them from going out and living a normal life interacting with real people. Interesting topic. I guess it all depends what you do on the internet.

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amberbliss
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   Posted 9/20/2011 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I read in an article that the social network sites have a tendency to give people OCD like habbits due to being addicted to checking their status' etc -

doingood
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   Posted 9/26/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Internet addiction contributed to and was a function of much of my depression. I am addicted to controversy, and love to watch a good fight.

Once I got on Remeron now at 30 mg, I have the clear mind enough to see that this is mind poisoning.

Even if my treatment were to change modes, I'd still never go back to this. It gives me flashbacks.

amberbliss
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   Posted 9/26/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
look into unplugreconnect.com they have good articles on their facebook and are currently campaigning for this "Day to Disconnect" which I think is a good idea.

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   Posted 9/26/2011 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
People don't talk face-to-face anymore or write letters. We were watching fireworks and one young girl was on her phone the whole time. I told her"can't you live in the moment?" my2 cents

maggie

amberbliss
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   Posted 9/26/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
interesting comment about the letters - i was just reading an article about how OTs think there should be more hand written practicing in the classroom - do you think the idea of hand written anything will become obsolete in the future?

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   Posted 9/26/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
They are talking about not teaching cursef anymore, only printing. I always liked to write. I like to type too. But I have got so use to typing that writing is hard. Even Christmas cards are hard to do anymore. lol... But I will always send them and wait for them in the mail. I hope that it doesn't become obsolete. I think it is therapeudic to write by hand. Especially if you are journaling. But you never know. Technology...

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vestabula
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   Posted 9/26/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I met my husband at the University where he teaches to take him to lunch.  I got there early and sat in the common area waiting for his class to end.  It was one of the sadest sights... instead of laughter and typical banter there were students sitting in the eerie silence texting each other...listening to Ipods or logging on to facebook.  No personal interaction whatsoever.  When we headed for the parking lot to leave, a girl was in front of us, looking at the ground and talking on her cell phone.  She ran into a light pole, smacked her head and fell.  Before we could help her, she got up and kept on talking...the beat goes on!
 
I'm an Old Broad and have not yet caught up with all the sophisication...my kids can't believe I don't know how to text, nor do I want to.  Woe is me!
 
Donna

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   Posted 9/26/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Texting is hard let alone walking and doing it. lol... I am thinking of getting a phone with a keyboard. As I do have one person who texts me. But I am not into it either. That is sad that there was no interaction among the students. I guess they are all in their own little world. Probably playing catchup with all the calls and texts that they got during class. I don't usually carry my cell phone with me unless I am shopping or something. But I don't like being available 24/7. I like my privacy.

Hope thqat you are having a good day Donna.

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