Tuesday, October 17, 2006

You don't say?

The US is Full of "Internet Addicts" The United States could be rife with Internet addicts as clinically ill as alcoholics, an unprecedented study released suggested.
Researchers at Stanford medical school said their survey indicated more than one of every eight US residents showed at least one sign of “problematic Internet use."

(Nothing follows)


Blogger trangbang68 said...

What do you mean,I'm an addict ?I can quit any time I want.No really...

10/17/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger redaktør said...

Count me in as a hopeless porn addict of Wretchard's titillating pron.

10/17/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger geoffb5 said...

So 4 hours and 15 minutes a day of "unproductive" (meaning not work related) internet use is a addiction. Is 4 hours a day of TV viewing TV addiction? How about if I read books for 4 hours a day? I think these researchers are addicted to research, unproductive as it is.

Seriously, if 1/8th of the US, that's 37.5 million people, is online for over 4 hours a day does that mean more people get their news from the internet now than the nightly TV news?

10/17/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger enscout said...

My name is Earl and I'm a blogaholic.

waiting for applause....

10/18/2006 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Big Foot said...

Either this is a joke or it illustrates the sad state of research quality of Stanford. Methodology? I think it said they called people in Silicon Valley.

10/18/2006 05:44:00 AM  
Blogger Mike V said...

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10/18/2006 05:45:00 AM  
Blogger Mike V said...

"How about if I read books for 4 hours a day? I think these researchers are addicted to research, unproductive as it is."


10/18/2006 05:46:00 AM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

That's a very concise post, wretchard. "Nothing follows"... I guess you you kicked the habit! But there's a mess of users who went to another dealer when you cut off their supply last month.

10/18/2006 05:57:00 AM  
Blogger 2164th said...

Total rubbish and I would write more but I have to get back to my bloggggggg..

10/18/2006 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

Eutopians seek to regulate vloggers. Surprised?

10/18/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

Whew!  Thankfully the last paragraph of the referenced story clears everything up - at least for me.

"According to preliminary research, the typical Internet addict was a single, college-educated, white male in his 30s, who spends approximately 30 hours a week on non-essential computer use." [emphasis mine]

Since I'm older than that, and reading Wretchard every day is extremely essential, this obviously doesn't apply to me.


10/18/2006 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

My employer would fire me if I gave it less than 40 hours per week.

10/18/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger summignumi said...

Hot damn, I finally qualify for the ADA! Now to find the sleaze ball lawyer to start suing Microsoft, Netscape, Google, Yahoo, etc….

10/18/2006 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger oregonian said...

lets see, last time I checked using the internet didn't destroy your liver, brain cells or other critical organs, didn't cause seizures or deadly withdrawal symptoms, didn't cause auto accidents or fuel violent behavior and other poor judgement...

but ok, i can see that the two addictions are roughly equivalent.

10/18/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

>>one of every eight US residents showed at least one sign of “problematic Internet use."

My question, "If you show a sign and nobody sees it, does it still count?"
I'm retired. I get up at the crack of noon, login....about 4 a.m. I log off. No problem!

10/18/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Db2m said...

Given the choice of a bacon cheeseburger or 30 minutes of blogging, I will take Thucydides every time.

For the complete Summary Pack:


See, Wretchard, something edifying came out of your post after all...

10/18/2006 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Goesh said...

I can walk away from the ol' PC anytime I want and stay away. I'll do it for 10 minutes to prove I'm right.

10/18/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger gs said...

I plead guilty to spending too much time in the blogosphere, but I have begun cutting back in response to the spreading practice of loading up text with javascript advertising that slows down or crashes my browser.

A fuller version of Wretchard's breitbart link is here. The source, New Scientist, is claimed to be verging on crackpottery. I don't read the magazine regularly, but my eyebrows ddo go up at articles like "Imagine Earth without people"...

10/18/2006 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

At least the rates of newspaper and TV addiction seems to be rapidly abating, thanks to persistent inoculation campaigns by blogs. So, on the whole, we're all healthier in our rates of information consumption addictions.

10/19/2006 12:20:00 AM  

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