My husband is a therapist and he recently attended a seminar called "Sex, Drugs and Chocolate" which was basically about addictions. Apparently, a new diagnosis is being considered to deal with Internet addictions.
Okay, this is basically what they said:
First these are the terms he used:
"IBD" Internet Behavior Dependence
"PIU" Problematic Internet Use
"SPIU" Specific Pathological Internet Use
"GPIU" General Pathological Internet Use
The only criteria he gave was for the PIU. You need 6 of the following 8:
2)Need for longer amounts of time on-line
3)Repeated attempts to reduce Internet use
4)Withdrawal when reducing Internet use
5)Time management issues
7)Deception around time spent online
8)Mood modification through Internet use
I'm not sure if I really meet criteria but I start browsing and then all of a sudden an hour has gone by and I have gotten nothing accomplished.
I have issues with not getting things accomplished.
Yes, I paid my bills today, cleaned the kitchen, fed the kids and went grocery shopping...but instead of writing I am here, once again (after wasting all sorts of times looking at other people's blogs - do you know how many bizarre blogs there are out there??)
I'm going now...