Archive by category Internet Addiction

4 Hidden Costs Of Social Media Addiction

4 Hidden Costs Of Social Media Addiction

Social media sites are supposed to make our lives better. They allow us to reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with people who are far away, share our passions with each other, and collect useful online resources in one place. Although they have barely been around for a decade, social media sites have come […]

Are Internet Addiction Tests Underreporting The Problem?

Are Internet Addiction Tests Underreporting The Problem?

Internet addiction is the term commonly used to describe compulsive, dysfunctional involvement in one or more forms of Internet use. The condition has no official definition in the U.S.; however, the American Psychiatric Association is reviewing the possibility of establishing such a definition. Two screening tests—called the Compulsive Internet Use Scale and the Internet Addiction […]

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Smartphone addiction is a real problem for many people. Just when you cross the line from frequent use to obsessive addiction is debatable but, for some people, cell phones are all-consuming. Behavioral addictions are treatable by traditional addiction care techniques like counseling, and, of course, there is an app (or two) for that. But can […]

Internet Gaming Addicts More Introverted, Less Conscientious Than Peers

Internet Gaming Addicts More Introverted, Less Conscientious Than Peers

People who participate in gambling or play games over the Internet sometimes develop dysfunctional behaviors that indicate the development of an addiction to these activities. The American Psychiatric Association officially acknowledges the development of serious gambling problems as an addiction-related process; the organization is also considering giving the same level of recognition to serious Internet […]

‘Selfie’ Craze May Signal Larger Problem

‘Selfie’ Craze May Signal Larger Problem

It’s hard to say just when and where the term “selfie” was coined, but 2013 was certainly the year when selfies conquered the world. It seemed that people—particularly young people who spend a great deal of time on social media sites—just couldn’t stop taking pictures of themselves. Selfie was even elected “Word of the Year” […]

Book Review: Closer Together, Further Apart – The Effect Of Technology And The Internet On Parenting, Work, And Relationships, By Rob Weiss And Dr. Jennifer Schneider

Those of us born before the advent of the Internet may find ourselves at odds with youngsters (anyone younger than us) who are right at home with all things digital. In their new book, Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships, Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, and […]

There’s An Upside To Teens And Texting

There’s An Upside To Teens And Texting

Real-Life Texting Scenes – Negative And Positive Party Scene The scene is a house party of 20-somethings. The mood is festive but low-key. People enter and exit rooms and settle on furniture and against window sills. The house is filled with people; it’s someone’s birthday. There’s a record playing on a turntable—an early 2000s Beck […]