Is Internet Addiction Real?


DEGREES TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. THE TROUBLE IS YOU WEAR THICK COATS AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO INSIDE. IT’S NOT EASY. TWO INFLUENTIAL INVESTORS ASKING APPLE TO CURB THE ADDICTION TO SMART PHONES. THEY ARE ASKING APPLE TO HELP PARENTS FIND WAYS TO CAP SMARTPHONE USE. THEY WANT APPLE TO LOOK INTO THE IMPACT OF EXCESSIVE PHONE USE ON MENTAL HEALTH. THIS COMES AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXPECTED TO LIST GAMING DISORDER IN ITS LIST OF MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS THIS YEAR. AND WE HAVE A DOCTOR WHO IS AN ADDICTION SPECIALIST WHO IS JOINING US. AND THIS IS TRICKY BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE HEAR ABOUT VIDEOGAME ADDICTION AND THINK,, ON! IT’S LIKE A POTATO CHIP ADDICTION. ANYTHING CAN BE AN ADDICTION. IS IT REAL? IT IS BUT YOU ARE RIGHT TO QUESTION IT. THE UNITED STATES IS BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL. MOST COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING AND RESEARCHING THIS LONGER. MOST OF WHAT WE KNOW IS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. CHINA, SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN CONSIDER INTERNET ADDICTION A NATIONAL HEALTH CRISIS. SIMILAR OR GREATER THAN WE IN AMERICA RECOGNIZE THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. IT’S INCREDIBLE AND AFFECTING KIDS AND SHOWING SIGNS OF AN ADDICTION. WHAT AGE GROUP ARE WE TALKING ABOUT WHO ARE MOST AT RISK? IS IT JUST KIDS? THE HIGHEST AGE GROUP IS MILLENNIALS. I HATE TO BE A PROPHET OF DOOM BUT SOME RESEARCH COMING FROM EASTERN AREAS OF THE WORLD ARE SHOWING THAT 40% TO 60% OF KIDS ARE ADDICTED. WHEN WE SAY ADDICTED THERE ARE CHANGES IN THE BRAIN CONSISTENT WITH OTHER CHEMICALS. PEOPLE KNOW THERE ARE CHEMICAL CHANGES IN THE BRAIN FROM COCAINE, MARIJUANA, AND OPIATES IN THE SAME WITH INTERNET ADDICTION. WHEN I WAS A KID, THIS IS A HIGH LEVEL OF INTEREST BECAUSE I HAVE A 12-YEAR-OLD AND 10- YEAR-OLD BOTH OF WHOM WOULD PLAY VIDEO GAMES ALL DAY EVERY DAY IF WE LET THEM. WHEN I WAS A KID, THAT IS HOW I WAS WITH WATCHING TELEVISION. IS IT DIFFERENT FROM HOW WE WERE WITH WATCHING TV VERSUS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE IMMERSED IN A GAMING SITUATION? GOOD POINT. WHEN WE SAY ADDICTION WE SAY THERE ARE CLINICALLY TERRIBLE SYMPTOMS. THERE IS MALAD ACTIVITY. MEETING SOCIAL LIVES START TO CHANGE AND HEALTH CONSEQUENCES, GRADES GO DOWN WITH KIDS AND EVEN HOW THEY LOOK. NOT JUST DOING IT A LOT? DOING IT TO THE COST OF YOUR NORMAL LIFE. YOUR GRADES AND RELATIONSHIPS SUFFER AND EVEN PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS. WITH INTERNET ADDICTION THERE IS A HIGH ASSOCIATION WITH COMORBID PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS LIKE DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY. SO TALK ABOUT THE BRAIN CHANGE THAT HAPPENS. IS IT AS BAD AS YOU MENTIONED WITH DRUGS AND COCAINE? YOU CONSIDER ADDICTION SIMPLY AS A PATHOLOGY IN THE BRAIN. NEUROCHEMICALS AND NEURAL CIRCUITRY IS ABNORMAL AND THAT HAPPENS WITH ADDICTION. HOW ARE BRAIN RESPONSE TO

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