When Internet users begin to compulsively seek the instant, unpredictable gratification that technology provides—a text message from a friend or stimulating news on a web site, for example—an addiction can form that is similar to drug and alcohol dependency.
A new study out of Iowa State University found that people who play video games for 40-plus hours a week have a harder time focusing on certain tasks than those who play just a few hours a week. Published in the latest issue of the journal Psychophysiology, the study also supports previous research that found a positive correlation between video game addiction and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Psychologists are now probing a new kind of addiction called Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD). Psychologist Dr. Michael Fenichel, who has published numerous essays on FAD online, describes it as a situation in which Facebook usage “overtakes” daily activities like waking up, getting dressed, using the telephone, or checking e-mail.
Addictions can totally consume a person’s life and it doesn’t matter if the addiction is to alcohol, drugs or even gambling. A recent health news story on Health Asia One, examines the impact a gambling addiction can have a person and the rise of this addiction throughout the world. Full Story