Netaholics?: The Creation of a Pathology (Google eBook)

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Nova Publishers, Jan 1, 1999 - Medical - 222 pages
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The year 1998 witnessed the birth of a new disorder...Internet Addiction Disorder. As the number of linkage points, host computers, connected networks and individual users plugged into the Internet has continued to increase exponentially, some have begun to question the Net's impact on our psychological well-being. Among the issues under debate is the question of whether or not Internet use is addictive. Though many regular Internet participants scoff at such an idea, and create satirical Web sites, IRC chat rooms and Usenet newsgroups to make their point, a growing number of professionals in the field of psychology disagree. They argue that Internet participation is addictive, and that in many ways its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment parallel that of other addictions, such as compulsive gambling, shopping and even drug and alcohol abuse.
What are we to make of this new disorder? What, precisely, does addiction mean? Can individuals really become addicted to the Internet?
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
An Overview
3
The Birth of Internet Addiction Disorder
6
Changing Definitions of Human Behavior
13
A Brief History of Addiction as Mental Disorder
14
America as an Addicted Society
26
Social Interaction as Pathology
43
Internet Addiction Disorder
58
Critiques of Mass ElectronicallyMediated Communications
86
Online Self And Community
137
Symbolic Communities
139
The Reality of Online Communities
147
Concluding Remarks
175
Sources Consulted
205
Index
217
Copyright

Targeting Online Interaction
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