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netaddiction.com - 0 views

  • Dr. Kimberly Young has likened Internet addiction to addictive syndromes similar to impulse-control disorders on the Axis I Scale of the DSM. She also developed the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ) to diagnose the disorder. Meeting five of the following symptoms were considered necessary to be diagnosed.

    1. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous online activity or anticipate next online session)?
    2. Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
    3. Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
    4. Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
    5. Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
    6. Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
    7. Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
    8. Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?


    Other Symptoms Include:

    • Failed attempts to control behavior

    • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and Internet activities

    • Neglecting friends and family

    • Neglecting sleep to stay online

    • Being dishonest with others

    • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online behavior

    • Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome

    • Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities
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    If you think your not addicted, you need to ask yourself these questions and see. It is not good to be.



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    Dr. Kimberly Young has likened Internet addiction to addictive syndromes similar to impulse-control disorders on the Axis I Scale of the DSM. She also developed the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ) to diagnose the disorder. Meeting five of the following symptoms were considered necessary to be diagnosed.

    1. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous online activity or anticipate next online session)?
    2. Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
    3. Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
    4. Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
    5. Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
    6. Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
    7. Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
    8. Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?


    Other Symptoms Include:

    * Failed attempts to control behavior

    * Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and Internet activities

    * Neglecting friends and family

    * Neglecting sleep to stay online

    * Being dishonest with others

    * Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online behavior

    * Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome

    * Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities"
William B

Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study - HealthPop - CBS News - 0 views

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    (CBS) Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet?

    A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts.

    For the study, published in the Jan. 11 issue of PLoS One, researchers studied 17 men and women who were diagnosed with Internet addiction disorder (IAD) and compared scans of their brains to scans of 16 healthy people who weren't addicted to the web. Study participants were between the ages of 14 and 21 and lived in China.

    Video Game-Obsessed Mom Neglects Kids, Starves Dogs
    Are social networking sites turning teens into substance abusers?

    The researchers found more patterns of  "abnormal white matter" on brain scans of Internet addicts, compared with scans of non-addicts. White matter areas in the brain contain nerve fibers that transmit signals to other parts of the brain.

    These changes showed evidence of disrupting pathways related to emotions, decision-making, and self control.

    The researchers said earlier studies have found similar white matter changes in the brain scans of people addicted to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, and ketamine (also known as "Special K").

    "The results also suggest that IAD may share psychological and neural mechanisms with other types of substance addiction and impulse control disorders," the researchers wrote in the stu

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    Internet addiction is just as harmful to your brain than alcohol. you don't need to damage you brain so dont drink or get addicted to anything.


    "(CBS) Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet?

    A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts.

    For the study, published in the Jan. 11 issue of PLoS One, researchers studied 17 men and women who were diagnosed with Internet addiction disorder (IAD) and compared scans of their brains to scans of 16 healthy people who weren't addicted to the web. Study participants were between the ages of 14 and 21 and lived in China.

    Video Game-Obsessed Mom Neglects Kids, Starves Dogs
    Are social networking sites turning teens into substance abusers?

    The researchers found more patterns of "abnormal white matter" on brain scans of Internet addicts, compared with scans of non-addicts. White matter areas in the brain contain nerve fibers that transmit signals to other parts of the brain.

    These changes showed evidence of disrupting pathways related to emotions, decision-making, and self control.

    The researchers said earlier studies have found similar white matter changes in the brain scans of people addicted to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, and ketamine (also known as "Special K").

    "The results also suggest that IAD may share psychological and neural mechanisms with other types of substance addiction and impulse control disorders," the researchers wrote in the study.

    Professor Gunter Schumann, chair in biological psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London, told BBC News that he's come across similar findings in brain scans of video game addicts.

    "For the first time two studies show changes in the neuronal connections between brain areas as well as changes in brain function in people who are frequently using the Internet or video games," he said.

    Dr. Henrietta Bowde
William B

Internet Addiction & Health Effects | LIVESTRONG.COM - 0 views

  • Anna Cocke graduated from CUNY with a Master of Arts in Journalism, specializing in health and medicine reporting. She has helped produce segments for the Association of Health Care Journalists on health care reform and reported on diabetes in the South Bronx. She has been writing professionally for more than seven years.

    Internet Addiction & Health Effects
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    The Internet has become an integral part of many people's work and personal lives. The number of people online daily has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to research conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. While internet addiction as a specific disorder was being debated for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as of 201

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    Addiction can be very harmful to your life. You do not to be addicted to anything. Keep your health up and your body healthy.


    " Photo Credit computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com

    The Internet has become an integral part of many people's work and personal lives. The number of people online daily has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to research conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. While internet addiction as a specific disorder was being debated for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as of 2010, treatment centers already exist throughout the U.S. and abroad, including China, Taiwan and Korea.
    Physical Effects

    Internet overuse can lead to sedentary lifestyles, weight gain and a decline in physical fitness. Other symptoms can include carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, migraine headaches, a decline in personal hygiene and back aches, according to Maressa Hecht, founder of Computer Addiction Services and a member of the Harvard Medical School.
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    Depression

    Depression has also been linked to Internet overuse by researchers at the Institute of Psychological Sciences in Leeds, UK. Researchers found that study participants who exhibited signs of Internet overuse engaged disproportionately than the normal population in sites devoted to pornography, gaming, social networking and chat rooms. They theorized that Internet addicts' use of these sites as replacements for real-life socializing was resulting in depression. However, there is debate as to whether depression results from, or is a cause, or internet overuse. A study published in the "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine" found depression, as well as ADHD and social phobia, to increase the chances of excessive Internet use in adolescents.
    Sleep Disturbances

    Evidenc
William B

Gaming Addiction Statistics - Facts, Articles, & Research - TechAddiction - 0 views

  • Gaming addiction is not yet classified as a mental health disorder or "true" addiction like gambling or alcohol addiction. However, some gamers clearly struggle to keep their playing habits under control and may place more importance on their gaming accomplishments than their happiness and success in the real world (e.g., academic achievement, friendships, relationships, career advancement, health, etc.).

    As gaming addiction becomes more of a concern for parents, spouses, families, educators, and those in the mental health community, it is important for those hoping to learn more about this issue to get their gaming addiction statistics and facts from reputable sources.
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    Addition is a way to damage your health. Your health is very important and addiction can damage it in a minutes.


    "Gaming addiction is not yet classified as a mental health disorder or "true" addiction like gambling or alcohol addiction. However, some gamers clearly struggle to keep their playing habits under control and may place more importance on their gaming accomplishments than their happiness and success in the real world (e.g., academic achievement, friendships, relationships, career advancement, health, etc.).

    As gaming addiction becomes more of a concern for parents, spouses, families, educators, and those in the mental health community, it is important for those hoping to learn more about this issue to get their gaming addiction statistics and facts from reputable sources. "
Maggie H

Teens addicted to internet 'more likely to be depressed, angry and use drugs' | Mail On... - 1 views

  • In findings that will worry parents across America, researchers said going online was such a compulsion for some High School students that withdrawing could cause serious medical and psychological consequences.
  • Researchers found that one in every 25 teens had 'problematic Internet use' - and these students were most likely to report serious problems when not online.
  • Asian and Hispanic students were most likely to qualify as problematic users --
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  • irls were more likely to answer yes to one of the questions on problematic Internet use, but more boys said they spent in excess of 20 hours a week online -- about 17 per cent of boys, compared to 13 per cent of girls.
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    Boys are more likely to spend more than 20 hours a week on the internet. One in every 25 teens are extremely addicted to the internet and might have health issues if they are forced to stop using it.
Maggie H

iPredators: Cyberbullying to cyber-harassing troll cop from hell - 1 views

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    October is cybersecurity month and bullying prevention awareness month.
Maggie H

Internet addiction will soon be classified as mental illness | GlobalPost - 0 views

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    Australia offered some of the first official help for internet addicts.
Maggie H

Cyberbullying - 0 views

  • 1 in 6 U.S. high school students were bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites or texting in the previous year.
  • Cyberbullying is a serious issue. In extreme cases, it may have legal and/or psychological consequences for the victim and bully.
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    Cyber-bullying is a very serious problem world wide. 1 in 6 teens in the U.S. are cyber-bullied in some way
William B

Top 10 Cases of Extreme Game Addiction - 1 views

  • Video games can be very addicting; in fact, some people accuse developers of making the games addictive on purpose. The following are 10 cases of video game addiction that get more and more extreme.

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    Skipping School

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    I’ve skipped school before, but this kid takes the cake for the most elaborate excuse. A 15-year-old from Perth, Australia, skipped school to play online games for over 16 hours a day, over a full three weeks. How did he do this? Every morning he put on his school uniform until his mother went to work. As soon as she left, he would change out of it and started playing. His mother would return home after he was supposed to have come home from school. To cover for himself at school, he had informed the school he was having surgery. His parents finally caught on to his ruse when the school contacted them to check up on him.

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    Teen Burns Classmate

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    Video games can be very addicted. It can cause people to hurt themselves and kill themselves because they are so addicted. Many people eat so addicted to a game they only care about the game and nothing else.


    "Video games can be very addicting; in fact, some people accuse developers of making the games addictive on purpose. The following are 10 cases of video game addiction that get more and more extreme.

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    Skipping School

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    I've skipped school before, but this kid takes the cake for the most elaborate excuse. A 15-year-old from Perth, Australia, skipped school to play online games for over 16 hours a day, over a full three weeks. How did he do this? Every morning he put on his school uniform until his mother went to work. As soon as she left, he would change out of it and started playing. His mother would return home after he was supposed to have come home from school. To cover for himself at school, he had informed the school he was having surgery. His parents finally caught on to his ruse when the school contacted them to check up on him.

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    Teen Burns Classmate

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    How many of us have gotten into a schoolyard scuffle? We've all been there, but a boy in Beijing took it to the next level. Apparently having lost himself in the game, World of Warcraft, he "became" a fire mage in his mind, and set his classmate on fire. For those who don't play World of Warcraft, I'm sure it's fairly easy to deduce what a fire mage does by putting two and two together.

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    Fifty-Hour Starcraft Session

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    I've pulled all-nighters before while playing games, but a man in South Korea almost pulled off three all-nighters…in a row. After a 50-hour Starcraft session, the South Korean man collapsed and died from heart failure. It was presumed that his death was caused by exhaustion, because he had only stopped to use the washroom and for short periods of sleep. There have been other cases in China where people have bee
William B

Help Protect Your Child's Online Reputation From Damage | Safetyweb - 0 views

  • Nearly every study performed on the topic has found not only a direct correlation between age and Internet addiction, but also one between age and neglect of work. That is to say that teenagers and young adults are more likely to be addicted to the Internet than any other age group, and among all people suffering from this addiction, teenagers and young adults are more likely to neglect work (school or employment) than older adults with similar addictive behavior. In fact, in the most widely recognized study of its kind, age was the only factor that was a direct and constant contributor to this addiction across all other factors.[1]

    While this may be good news, suggesting that teenagers and young adults might grow out of their addiction (or reduce their intake) as they age, because this is a new "genre" of behavior, this data might simply reveal that teenagers and young adults are "early adapters." What this means, essentially, is that they may have found this addiction before the rest of the population. If this is the case, today's Internet-Addicted teenagers and young adults may carry it with them into adulthood. In fact, Stanford University's School of Medicine found that nearly one in eight Americans suffers from at least one sign of problematic Internet abuse (although this does not in and of itself constitute addiction).[2]

    Internet abuse is so widespread that the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association, is reported to be considering adding it to its next release, alongside such issues as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorders.[3]

    Indeed, as children and teenagers are still developing their brains, they may grow accustomed to the

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    Internet addiction is one of the main addictions. Many people are addicted to the Internet. Many people need to learn not to be addicted to the Internet cause it is a bad for your health.

    "Nearly every study performed on the topic has found not only a direct correlation between age and Internet addiction, but also one between age and neglect of work. That is to say that teenagers and young adults are more likely to be addicted to the Internet than any other age group, and among all people suffering from this addiction, teenagers and young adults are more likely to neglect work (school or employment) than older adults with similar addictive behavior. In fact, in the most widely recognized study of its kind, age was the only factor that was a direct and constant contributor to this addiction across all other factors.[1]

    While this may be good news, suggesting that teenagers and young adults might grow out of their addiction (or reduce their intake) as they age, because this is a new "genre" of behavior, this data might simply reveal that teenagers and young adults are "early adapters." What this means, essentially, is that they may have found this addiction before the rest of the population. If this is the case, today's Internet-Addicted teenagers and young adults may carry it with them into adulthood. In fact, Stanford University's School of Medicine found that nearly one in eight Americans suffers from at least one sign of problematic Internet abuse (although this does not in and of itself constitute addiction).[2]

    Internet abuse is so widespread that the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association, is reported to be considering adding it to its next release, alongside such issues as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorders.[3]

    Indeed, as children and teenagers are still developing their brains, they may grow accustomed to the speed and flashy graphics associate
Maggie H

Cyberbullying - 0 views

  • Cyberbullying is a growing concern around the world. It is clear that cyberbullying has a world-wide impact, but existing laws and increased education about the issue can help countries respond to and eliminate the problem. The Internet industry works to prevent and stop cyberbullying. One common solution to help stop cyberbullying on social networking sites is the ability to report abuse.
  • Cyberbullying is a global problem but government responses vary by country. This issue cannot be solved by the criminal punishment of teens; instead, the best solution is to encourage kids to make the right choices online in the first place.
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    Cyberbullying is a growing world-wide problem. Different countries respond to cyberbullying differently.
Maggie H

Cyberbullying a problem around the globe: poll | Reuters - 0 views

  • More than 10 percent of parents around the world say their child has been cyberbullied and nearly one-fourth know a youngster who has been a victim,
  • n Indonesia, 91 percent said they knew about cyberbullying, in which a child, group of children or yo
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    Indonesia is the highest percent of people that knew cyber-bullying was going on with 91%
Blakelee H

Technology: Virtual vs. Real Life: You Choose | Psychology Today - 0 views

  • I see two fundamental differences between connected life, that is, life through the lens of technology, and real life, the one in which we live (I realize that it could be argued that tech life is the real one in which many of us live, but I see that as a problem). First, wired life is not real, meaning experiences are created by technology with the aim of approximating and simulating actual experience. The problem with this "low-resolution" life is that, though it shares similarities to real life, it lacks the high resolution and the granularity of real life. For example, email can be a wonderful means of communication, but it lacks visual input (so important to effective communication), the nuance of facial expressions and body language, and clear emotional content.

    Second, digital life is mediated by the technology that makes it possible. There is always something between us and our experiences, whether a text message or a Wii sports game, and, as I just noted, a great deal is lost in the translation.

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    Virtual life is not real. It creates a gap in communication and takes away from actual experiences in life.
Blakelee H

How Do Computers Affect The Social Behavior Of Children? | LIVESTRONG.COM - 3 views

  • Effects of Moderate Use

    A moderate amount of computer use and game playing doesn't seem to affect social development. The social behavior of moderate computer users and nonusers was roughly the same in terms of sociability and relationships with friends and family. However, heavy computer users tended to believe they had less control over their lives than their classmates, a possible indication of inadequate socialization.

    Increased Hostility and Aggression

    After the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, researchers and educators paid more attention to violent video games such as Doom, the daily game of choice for one of the two teenage killers. Many studies show that violent TV shows increase aggression and hostility in both children and adults. It appears the same is true of computer games. The key variable appears to be a preference for violent games, rather than the amount of time a child

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    Moderate use of internet and computers do not affect young people. Heavy use, however creates increased hostility and aggression, and can cause one to become "brain dead."
Blakelee H

STOP cyberbullying: Are you a cyberbully? - 0 views

  • Often, people who are victims are also bullies. Before you feel too bad for yourself, take the quiz below to find if you, too, are part of the cyberbullying problem! Rate yourself on the following point scale according to if, and how many times, you have done the below activities. Give yourself 0 points if you’ve never done it, 1 point if you have done it 1 or 2 times, 2 points if you have done it 3-5 times, 3 points if you have done it more than 5 times.
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    An online cyber bullying quiz that allows a person to know if they are a cyber bully. One can find through the questions what characteristics are of a cyber bully.
Blakelee H

Cyber-Bullying and its Effect on our Youth - 2 views

  • Between cell phones, social media Web sites, and online gaming, children today seem to have more outlets for interacting with each other virtually than they do for interacting with each other in person. However, with all of the good social interaction that is done as a result of these technologies also comes the bad. In addition to the physical and verbal bullying that may take place at school, cyber-bullying in the form of harassing text messages and derogatory posts on children’s Facebook pages is now commonplace. Even though it may not take place in person, the emotional and psychological effects of cyber-bullying are just as destructive. Since new media and cell phones are harder to track and monitor, parents need to take preventive measures that can help minimize the effects of cyber-bullying on their children. 
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    Cyber bullying takes a bad affect on health of today's youth.
Blakelee H

Positive Effects of the Internet - 0 views

  • Internet, as most of us know, is a large network of networks, which communicate with each other by means of data packets. Internet is regarded as the largest information base. Today, Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. We depend on the Internet to update ourselves about current news and rely on the communication platform it offers to get in touch with our near ones. The information from all around the world is just a click away, thanks to the Internet. Internet has surely affected the society positively.

    With the onset of the Internet, access to information has become easy. Internet has served being an efficient and organized storage of information. Internet search engines are the best information retrieval systems that are functional over the Internet. Typing in a simple search query to a search engine fetches you thousands of search results. Moreover, the ranking strategies adopted by the search engines ensure that the most relevant results are delivered to you on priority. The search engines crawl over all the information that seems relevant to your search query. They retrieve the most relevant results in top order, thus helping you fetch the required information with great ease. Information is truly a click away!

    The Internet provides some of the most effective means of communication. Emails and instant messages have made online communication possible. Social networking and blogging websites and online discussion forums have proved being popular platforms of expression. People in different parts of the world can collaborate over the Internet. They can exchange views, share information and work together over the Internet. It was the development of the Internet that made online education and distance learning possible. Professionals working in physically distant locations can collaborate their efforts, thanks to the Internet.
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    Internet can have positive results, such as easy access of information and communication
Blakelee H

Top 4 Health Problems Caused By Computer Use | Healthy Health List (heheli.com) - 0 views

  • I am frequent computer user. Of course it’s interesting to know how danger for my health computer can be. Working with computer for whole day is not rare nowadays. If it’s an aspect of our work or if we use computers just for fun, there are certain risks involved with prolonged computer use.

    1. Eye Disease
    It’s the first what occur to us, when we talk about computer harm (right?). Prolonged computer use could be linked to glaucoma, especially among those who are short-sighted. Our eyes are very badly affected by how long you stare at that bright screen. We stop blinking and start staring which makes our eyes strain and dry out. Make sure you look away from the screen and close them for a few seconds every few minutes.

    We can find many information about eyes health, as Snuz made. And it’s very important not to forget about our eyes while working on computer.

    2. Bad Posture
    Bad posture is enemy number one. Check your posture now! You should be able to reach the keyboard and mouse whilst bending your elbows at 90 degrees, with your shoulders relaxed. If you are stretching, this could cause problems. Your back should be straight and the top of the monitor should be just below eye level. If your monitor is to the left or right of your keyboard you are putting strain on your neck.

    Long periods of time at the computer while blogging, working or reading often leads to pain in the lumbar region of the back. Neck and shoulder problems also result from poor seating and the poor organization of equipment on the desk (stretching for the telephone or files etc).

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    The top 4 health risks are Eye Disease, Bad Posture, Computer Stress Injuries, and Hurting Hands
Blakelee H

How Second Life Affects Real Life - TIME - 0 views

  • About a year ago in my first visit to Second Life, the popular online virtual world, I spent half an hour trying to make my avatar, or online character, look like a hotter version of myself — which isn't easy when you don't know how to use the tools. When I finally made it onto Money Island to mingle, a stranger approached me and said, "Hello there, Devon." I froze. Then I tried to run. I was desperately searching for the teleport tool when my sister walked into the room, peered over my shoulder at the computer screen and said, "Why'd you make your avatar ugly?" I logged off.
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    A man tells the story of how the virtual world, Second Life, negatively affects his real life. It takes a physical and mental toll.
Maggie H

Internet Overuse May Cause Depression - 0 views

  • Teenagers who are addicted to the Internet are more likely to develop depression or other psychiatric problems than teens who are classified as normal Internet users,
  • Researchers say that their work suggests that teens who use the Internet pathologically may be about 2.5 times more likely to develop depression than  teens who are not addicted to the Internet.
  • Researchers in Australia and China studied pathological or uncontrolled Internet use and later mental health problems in 1,041 teenage students in China. The students were free of depression and anxiety at the start of the study.

    Sixty-two of the teenagers were classified at the start of the study as being moderately pathological users of the Internet, and two were found to be severely at risk for uncontrollable urges to go online.

    Nine months later, the youngsters were evaluated again for anxiety and depression and 87 were judged as having developed depression. Eight reported significant

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  • The youths in the study were between 13 and 18 and attended high schools in Guangzhou, China.
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    Teenagers that use the Internet pathologically are 2.5 times more likely to develop depression than teens that use it normally.
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