Survey respondent | August 28, 2009
Addressing Internet and Technology Addiction
I believe that technological addiction can be every bit as harmful to one's life as other widely recognized vices such as drinking, drugs, gambling, etc. However, it does not seem to me that society as a whole has become fully aware of the severity of this growing problem or of how widespread it has become. It is re-assuring to see this issue being addressed on a serious level by someone. Thank you.
Posted by @BtmnHatesRbn at GameSpot.com
Rehab doesn't work unless the person admits they have a problem
I'm not suggesting forced rehab. I don't think it's even possible, as few (if any) reputable clinics will accept a patient that is dragged in against their will. Most demand that the patient make the decision themselves, since rehab doesn't work unless the person admits they have a problem and want to get better. As for our friend, simply 'cutting him off' won't be enough. Addiction is a nasty beast. He'll just play games he already has, or pirate new ones, or shoplift, or play some free Web games. We can't keep confusing 'hardcore gamer' and 'genuine addict,' because they're not quite the same.
News of the Weird did a semi-local story about a guy who was completely hooked on Internet smut. His wife had completely eliminated computers from their home, and gave him the ultimatum... and he ends up getting busted for 'doing his business' on a PC at a freakin' public library, with 30-40 people in the room. Gotta throw logic out the window when we talk addiction, because it no longer exists. People go nuts.