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Would You Be Depressed Without the Internet?

Living 2011/08/12 23:27:59
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Withdrawal symptoms are no longer just for people trying to give up drugs or booze. According to a new study, unplugging from the Internet can be just as difficult.

"Our addiction is so severe that people described going 24 hours without Internet akin to quitting an alcohol or cigarette habit," said a report from the British company Intersperience. "About 40% of those surveyed reported feeling lonely without the Internet, and 53% felt upset at being deprived."

Another study, conducted by the University of Maryland supported these findings. 1,000 students from 10 countries were asked to abstain from all forms of media for one day. After 24 hours they reported back on their successes, failures, and feelings about the experience of unplugging.

Many students spoke about their relationship to media as a form of addiction and admitted to experiencing cravings and withdrawal-type symptoms while abstaining. One said, “Media is my drug; without it I was lost.”

Others reported feeling bored, lonely, anxious, and depressed. “The lack of media had me in a terrible mood all day. I was anxious and annoyed at pretty much everything. Trivial things that usually didn’t bother me that much drove me insane,” said an American student.

What about you? Would you be depressed without the Internet?

A collection of student responses to unplugging:

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  • nolibsp... Lolaita 2011/08/22 03:07:12
    nolibsperiod
    Your a liberal. Impossible.
  • Lolaita nolibsp... 2011/08/22 07:13:57
    Lolaita
    *You're
    Anyway, if you weren't such an illiterate, you'd have seen on my profile that I'm actually a libertarian. I don't like the GOP's attempts to control the lives of american citizens in the private sector by regulating gay marriage (and going against the Constitution by supporting the Defense of marriage act), and later trying to control the reproductive rights of women everywhere trying to procure an abortion.
  • nolibsp... Lolaita 2011/08/23 14:15:18
    nolibsperiod
    You are a sickoo libertarian that belongs in a country of sickoo's such as yourself. So far England and France. Hey be thankful were just controling the lives of these rejects of society. Use to stuff em' in their closets. We need to grant temporary visa's to about 200 million muslims and get rid of this disease once and for all.
  • Lolaita nolibsp... 2011/08/23 14:37:20
  • cccp~marxist-leninst 2011/08/14 20:56:06
    Undecided
    cccp~marxist-leninst
    My job relies on the internet, because I work for accounting. I also have fun playing games and reading the news on internet when my family is not around.
  • luke 2011/08/14 20:36:50
    No
    luke
    +1
    I'm depressed when I don't have bacon (or my girlfriend)
  • redhorse29 2011/08/14 20:36:47
    No
    redhorse29
    No. I feel comfortable making face-to-face or telephone contact with those I need to communicate. Old fashion letter writing is also fine with me, it is just lacks the nearly immediate satisfaction of tweets or email.
  • Stacie 2011/08/14 19:37:41
    Undecided
    Stacie
    I may be bored, but I certainly wouldn't be depressed. :)
  • bvblover 2011/08/14 19:28:35
    No
    bvblover
    nope books are the things i cant live without
  • GG 2011/08/14 19:20:31
    Undecided
    GG
    For the first couple of days, I might be anxious. But after that, I'll move on to something else lol.
  • Reach130 2011/08/14 19:13:01
    Yes
    Reach130
    Kinda... I've been on the internet all day....
  • kelly 2011/08/14 19:00:43
    Undecided
    kelly
    It's not like I can't live without it, it's just that its nice to have. Convenient.
  • sockpuppet 2011/08/14 18:56:00
    Undecided
    sockpuppet
    Not depressed, but I'd be wondering what my friends are doing,
    around the world. Overall, I think I wouldn't get as much done
    without the net... so handy, but so distracting, as well. :O)
  • Anariashki 2011/08/14 18:43:22
    Undecided
    Anariashki
    Would I be upset? Yes! But I probably wouldn't be depressed.
  • Rale 2011/08/14 18:43:02
    No
    Rale
    Give me weights and a protein supplement,and I'll bee happy as a pig in the mud. weights protein supplementand ill bee happy pig mud pig in the mud
  • Undercover Broad 2011/08/14 18:31:20
    Yes
    Undercover Broad
    I'm on the internet everyday, and I have damn there given up on friends, lovers, television, cleaning the house--so basically the internet has taken over my life.
  • Pikaboo 2011/08/14 18:29:49
    Undecided
    Pikaboo
    I wouldn't use the word depressed, but I would miss it. :(
  • Tshion 2011/08/14 17:42:39
    Yes
    Tshion
    +1
    i'll always have my books.
  • Pamu 2011/08/14 17:24:13
    No
    Pamu
    not really but will be definitely be feeling lonely.
  • Haku 2011/08/14 17:16:46
    No
    Haku
    +2
    There is a thing called a life...the internet is not it lol.
  • cccp~ma... Haku 2011/08/14 20:57:36
    cccp~marxist-leninst
    It is your life when there is nothing your real life has that is fun.
  • Haku cccp~ma... 2011/08/16 23:46:56
    Haku
    +1
    Lmao...I guess thats a good point.
  • Meggies1104 2011/08/14 17:07:00
    Undecided
    Meggies1104
    +2
    Possibly, But I go camping for like a week every year. and i dnt freak out to much. yea it sucks cause i can't go check out my facebook. but then i just play video games
  • Franjo 2011/08/14 16:55:41
    Yes
    Franjo
    +1
    yaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2011/08/14 16:54:44
  • blob 2011/08/14 16:54:23
    No
    blob
    +2
    I went in a remote place in Africa and didn't have internet for 3 months...Never been happier in my life.
  • politicalsoldier 2011/08/14 16:42:07 (edited)
    No
    politicalsoldier
    +1
    I wasn't depressed before it and I wouldn't be depressed without it now. I always have plenty to do.

    For the young people that have never known life without it, it might take some adjustment, but they'd get over it. They might actually realize there's a real world out there.
  • Lizzie ... politic... 2011/08/14 19:35:03
    Lizzie Sparkes
    hehe im 15 and i agree with you i kinda took the internet out my life and went to books and meeting with friends at the park instead of talking on the computer and my life is great<< i still use the internet but not as much as before . there is soo much more to life then the internet
  • Crazy Feet 2011/08/14 16:36:37
    Undecided
    Crazy Feet
    +1
    I have only recently been learning[very slowly] to use a computer so i would be fine,its not my everything.
  • Monika Dulik 2011/08/14 15:56:42
    Yes
    Monika Dulik
    +1
    Yes of course!
  • Dulce Diana 2011/08/14 15:49:56
    Undecided
    Dulce Diana
    +1
    Undecided
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2011/08/14 15:45:17
    Undecided
    Jana~ una chica loca
    +1
    dunno. I can go without internet for a month or two, but no longer :D
  • AtlBo 2011/08/14 15:29:40
    Yes
    AtlBo
    +1
    Pretty unfair comparison to me, though. People are accomplishing things with their time on the internet, while substance abuse gets people nothing. Yeah, so peoples' need to build a network for their future comes across a little bit as an addiction, so what. It's not one, really. Just something funny to laugh about. Real addictions aren't anything to laugh about...
  • Bart 2011/08/14 15:17:28
    Yes
    Bart
    +2
    i don't "think" so i know i would be my internet went off for like 2 days and i had almost f@#% all to do then i realize how the internet has changed my life if the internet suddenly went off and stayed off i would oil myself
  • Bart Bart 2011/08/16 14:25:33
    Bart
    i meant kill
  • India 2011/08/14 14:57:16
    Yes
    India
    +1
    i never get bored with the net but without it i'm not sure if i can survive !
  • kmay 2011/08/14 14:41:12
    No
    kmay
    but it is needed and useful in my business.
  • The heartless 2011/08/14 14:20:49
    Undecided
    The heartless
    Yes and no...Yes because it's really my only way of communicating with the world right now. and No because well i think i would be more depressed without my cat, my family or my music.
  • Jensola 2011/08/14 14:18:02
    Yes
    Jensola
    +1
    Worryingly so! lol
  • Jack's Pearl 2011/08/14 14:10:38
    Yes
    Jack's Pearl
    I think I would miss it. But I wouldn't stay depressed. I'd just readjust back to a time before we had it.

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