1. Zambi's Avatar
    I'm addicted to the Internet and I cant seem to get off of my blackberry when I get off of my tower!

    I wonder if theirs a rehab thats available around my neck of the woods? they would have to let me bring my blackberry :X

    Are you an Internet addict?

    Internet Addict?

    WebMD Feature

    June 12, 2000 -- So you surf the Internet for an hour a day. OK, maybe for three hours -- or five. At what point does this fascination become so compulsive that psychologists would call it an addiction?

    Psychologist Kimberly S. Young, MD, PhD, founded the Center for On-Line Addiction (Welcome to the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery) to help people with just this problem. She's identified eight key symptoms. Take a look at her list. If five or more apply, Young suggests you consider talking to a mental health professional about your Internet use.

    1. Preoccupation -- You think constantly about previous online activity or keep looking forward to the next online session. Some people crave time on the Internet the way a smoker craves a cigarette.

    2. Increased use -- You need to spend increasing amounts of time online to achieve satisfaction. A parent who's spending 50 hours a week in a chat room might neglect basic responsibilities such as doing laundry or making dinner for the kids.

    3. Inability to stop -- You can't cut back on your Internet use, even after several attempts. Some people can't stop visiting chat rooms while at the office, even though they know their bosses are monitoring the sites they visit.

    4. Withdrawal symptoms -- You feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when you attempt to stop or cut down Internet use. Some people feel so grumpy in jobs where they can't go online that they make excuses to go home and use the computer.

    5. Lost sense of time -- Everyone lets time slip by occasionally while on the Internet. Consider it a problem if it happens to you consistently when you're online and you're also experiencing some of the other symptoms on this list.

    6. Risky behaviors -- You jeopardize a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of Internet use. One man decided to leave his wife of 22 years for someone he had corresponded with on the Internet for a couple of months.

    7. Lies -- You lie to family members, a therapist, or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with the Internet. Someone who's seeing a therapist for depression might not tell the therapist about her Internet use.

    8. Escape to the Internet -- You use the Internet as a way to avoid thinking about problems, or to allay depression or feelings of helplessness. One CEO constantly downloaded pornography for stress relief at work.

    Lisa Winer is an assistant editor at WebMD.

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    04-25-08 10:55 PM
  2. garbagefairy1967's Avatar
    Wow, very informative!!
    04-25-08 11:01 PM
  3. shadygrady's Avatar
    admitting you have a problem is the first step. but i cant tell you how many steps are in the program, as there is not a full recovery documented yet. rehab's for quitters
    04-25-08 11:11 PM
  4. sunkast's Avatar
    One of the main reasons I got my BB was for mobile internet.
    04-25-08 11:39 PM
  5. anon(375378)'s Avatar
    Woo Hoo! I got all of them right but number 7.

    Who needs to lie about it?

    04-25-08 11:48 PM
  6. username's Avatar
    Sorry but were all screwed now.

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    04-25-08 11:48 PM
  7. flairbrtndr3's Avatar
    im addicted(sobbing)
    04-25-08 11:51 PM
  8. latina berry's Avatar
    Sorry but were all screwed now.

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    Lol ..............
    04-26-08 11:42 AM
  9. Duvi's Avatar
    Good stuff...

    You know you're addicted when you post all that on your crackberry! Lol.
    04-26-08 12:45 PM
  10. Solachica's Avatar
    I am an addict

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    04-26-08 12:49 PM
  11. RavenBot's Avatar
    Well now I at least know I am addicted so now people have to feel sorry for me right rather then tell me to get off the blackberry or computer now thought right?
    04-26-08 01:06 PM
  12. InsertCoolSnHere's Avatar
    Holy smokes that is so crazy. Great information, but won't stop be from coming back! I laugh so hard and receive so much great information here. Thank you all!

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    04-26-08 01:57 PM
  13. mzshey2x's Avatar
    Blackberry users are all addicts!
    04-26-08 02:23 PM
  14. cate's Avatar
    there's a rehab section on CB... usually it just adds more fuel to the fire :]
    04-26-08 02:38 PM
  15. mattburns9999's Avatar
    I need help! Lol

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    04-26-08 03:14 PM
  16. JazzeeJEF's Avatar
    We embrace our addiction here....I know I dont care for a cure!!!! =]
    04-27-08 01:37 PM