Dr. Jerald Block from the Oregon Health & Science University wrote an editorial in the March issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry stating compulsive internet use should be classified as a mental illness, under the parameters of addiction. He points out that excessive time spent online leads to cravings and withdrawals and the neglect of basic human needs, just like any other addiction.
Uh oh…I hate to admit it but this hits home. I can’t tell you how many days I’ve realized I haven’t eaten because I was sucked into web surfing, video watching and social networking for the previous 7 hours. In fact, I should be sleeping right now but instead I’m STILL online. And from observing my fellow geeky friends, it seems I’m not the only one having trouble disconnecting. We all carry phones that allow us to log on at any moment, we are in a constant convo through twitter and quite a few of us have had to force ourselves to take a mandatory time out to focus on the 3D world. Are we crazy???
Let’s all try to remember balance and prove this doctor wrong! :p