Students face withdrawal, distress when cut off from Internet

Speaking about addiction to the internetJacqui Cheng from Ars Technica has this to add:

University students faced with a sudden Internet and media blackout begin to feel withdrawal symptoms after 24 hours, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland’s International Center for Media & the Public Agenda. The study followed the reactions of 1,000 students around the globe after they were asked to abstain from all forms of media for a day, leading the researchers to believe that Internet addiction is a real phenomenon, even if there’s debate about it as a clinical diagnosis.

Sounds serious.

I really need to think this through how much I want the internet to be a part of my life.


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