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Internet-Addicted Students Face Withdraws

College Students Face Withdrawals From Internet, Media

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently asked 200 students to leave their social media, news, and Internet connections behind for a full day, and what resulted were feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and inability to function — similar to those found in alcohol and drug related withdrawals. Is the Internet a drug? Possibly. Internet addiction is not a new idea. It's been said that kids are more susceptible to becoming hooked, prompting Internet rehab centers to pop up all over Asia. One student in the Maryland study proclaimed that she felt totally out of the loop with what was going on in her social circle after ditching her media outlets: "Texting and IM-ing my friends gives me a constant feeling of comfort. When I did not have those two luxuries, I felt quite alone and secluded from my life."

I admit that during waking hours I'm constantly checking up on my social media accounts, RSS feeds, and email, however, I don't feel these feelings of loss and disconnect when I take a vacation from the Internet. In fact, I look forward to unplugging. How about you — do you feel anxious or disconnected if you go too long without texts, IMs, email, or news?

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xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 5 years
God....hunting for your own food....THAT is hard. Crying over not having your Twitter? What's wrong with people? What happend to humans? Has anyone ever tried the whole...y'know...OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND TALK TO FOLKS? Geez.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
And I believe it is definitely an addiction for some. Why do some people feel the need to message me through facebook when they have my phone number and can give me a call?
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
I definitely dont..I have had my times when I've forgotten my phone at home and it felt good, also when I've gone on vacation out of the country it's been great to disconnect. It would just be a problem if I had plans with someone and couldn't get in contact with them.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 5 years
as a huge internet user myself, I don't think it is an addiction, I believe that what it is is the simple fact that they way most of us have come to use the internet is as a social gathering spot, whether that be with social networking sites like facebook, or by online gaming with your online gaming friends. Either way it has become a major part of how we stay connected even to the friends that are close by in real life, so it only makes sense that when taken away for a period of time people are going to feel melancholy and uneasy about it because they are going to feel disconnected. I don't think it has anything to do with addiction, but more so to do with withdrawn from contact in the ways we have become used to doing it.
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