Workers Phear Addiction

spunkanado (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 14:32:36 -0400 (EDT)

Ok, now im readyto call the loon swaud. One of my cubicaled co-workers
printed this out and slipped it into everyones papyrusmail box. I got them
to send me the Url, (commandment 11 THOU SHALT NOT RETYPE)

I think i luaghed too louldy. Note Bene, they have a mailing this
not a bit like serving wine at an AA mettings...

Here is the message I posted on Internet to announce the formation of the
Internet Addiction Support Group. I would now change the name of the
disorder to "Pathological Computer Use" and the criteria to:

The use of Computers takes up so much time as to cause: (A and/or B)
A. Discomfort
B. Decreased occupational, academic, social, work-related,
family-related, financial, psychological, or physiological functioning.

As the incidence and prevalence of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) has
been increasing exponentially, a support group, The Internet Addiction
Support Group (IASG) has been established. Below are the official criteria
for the diagnosis of IAD and subscription information for the IASG.

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) - Diagnostic Criteria
SEE revised criteria above!!

A maladaptive pattern of Internet use, leading to clinically significant
impairment or distress as manifested by three (or more) of the following,
occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:
(I) tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

(A) A need for markedly increased amounts of time on Internet to achieve
(B) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same
amount of time on Internet

(II) withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following(A) the
characteristic withdrawal syndrome

(1) Cessation of (or reduction) in Internet use that has been heavy and
(2) Two (or more) of the following, developing within several
days to a month after Criterion 1:

(a) psychomotor agitation
(b) anxiety
(c) obsessive thinking about what is happening on Internet
(d) fantasies or dreams about Internet
(e) voluntary or involuntary typing movements of the fingers

(3) The symptoms in Criterion 2 cause distress or impairment in social,
occupational or another important area of functioning

(B) Use of Internet or a similar on-line service is engaged in to relieve
or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(III) Internet is often accessed more often or for longer periods of time
than was intended

(IV) There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful
efforts to cut down or control Internet use

(V) A great deal of time is spent in activities related to Internet use
(e.g., buying Internet books, trying out new WWW browsers, researching
Internet vendors, organizing files of downloaded materials.)

(VI) Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given
up or reduced because of Internet use.

(VII) Internet use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent
or recurrent physical, social, occupational, or psychological problem that
is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by Internet use (sleep
deprivation, marital difficulties, lateness for early morning
appointments, neglect of occupational duties, or feelings of abandonment
in significant others)

Subscribe to the Internet Addiction Support Group by e-mail:

Subject: (leave blank)
Message: Subscribe i-a-s-g