Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nuts about the Net

Attention fellow bloggers, message board posters, gamers, haxxors, trolls and other miscellaneous internet denizens: we may be getting our own mental health illness, recognized by the DSM-V:
"Internet addiction appears to be a common disorder that merits inclusion in DSM-V. Conceptually, the diagnosis is a compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage (1, 2) and consists of at least three subtypes: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations, and e-mail/text messaging (3). All of the variants share the following four components: 1) excessive use, often associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic drives, 2) withdrawal, including feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible, 3) tolerance, including the need for better computer equipment, more software, or more hours of use, and 4) negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation, and fatigue."
Sound like anyone you know?

On the upside, I notice the article doesn't mention blogging specifically, as it does gaming, messaging and "sexual preoccupations". However, the SoCon Blogs with their feverish preoccupation with all things gay might well fall into the third category.

They're coming to take you away, SoCons, they're coming to take you away.