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The Addicts are out there!
Addiction to the Internet is real. On August 13th , 1997, the Internet Community was struck with what some have sarcastically dubbed: “another yardstick of success.” The Internet was awarded its first mental health disorder. PIU or Pathological Internet Use was the phrase coined by Dr. Kimberly Young, a leading expert on the subject; however, many came to refer to it simply as Internet Addiction.

Experts aren’t sure if it’s a new disorder, or a symptom of other disorders, or a combination of both. What they do know is there are some cases of extreme Internet addiction where addicted individuals stay on-line for hours/days neglecting other aspects of their lives such as work, school, and family.

In one reported case a 21 year-old man stopped going to classes and disappeared for a week, he was found by campus police in the school’s computer lab–where he spent seven days straight online! If this person is you, please email us at [email protected]. If this person is not you, and you are worried that you may be seriously addicted to the Internet and are looking for help, check out our Uplinks™ Geek Psychology section. For those of you who are addicted to shopping and the Internet, please go straight to our Webstore!


In all seriousness, why not participate in graduate student Jack Chamberlin's research study on Internet Addiction: Internet Expectancy Questionnaire

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