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OMG! Cocaine!

Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study
By Ryan Jaslow | CBS News

(CBS) Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet?

A new brain scan study shows not only can that be the case, but also that Internet addiction might cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts.

For the study, published in the Jan. 11 issue of PLoS One, researchers studied 17 men and women who were diagnosed with Internet addiction disorder (IAD) and compared scans of their brains to scans of 16 healthy people who weren't addicted to the web. Study participants were between the ages of 14 and 21 and lived in China.

The researchers found more patterns of "abnormal white matter" on brain scans of Internet addicts, compared with scans of non-addicts. White matter areas in the brain contain nerve fibers that transmit signals to other parts of the brain.

These changes showed evidence of disrupting pathways related to emotions, decision-making, and self control.


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And be careful out there guys, with all that coke floating around!

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Uh, cocaine, right?

Sam J. Jones: Oh, you guys seem pretty cool. You like to party?

[Rubs nose]

Sam J. Jones: [Blank stare at John and Ted's faces before they look at each other]

Ted: Uh, cocaine, right?


Sam J. Jones: Come on, dudes! Don't tell me you've never done it before.

John: Well, uh, well not recently, no.

Ted: I thought that was just for people in Florida.

Sam J. Jones: You better follow me. Come on.

[Sam walks away]

Ted: Johnny, I'm frightened.

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

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The reason this is titled like this is because

That was the subject line of the email it came in, from Samantha.

Of course the tendency is to deny. That is what most commenters on this thread have done. The other defense mechanism is to laugh it off.

But thinking about it objectively as I can, I have to admit that there is a real addictive quality to the internet, and I think it either has to be surrendered to: That this is where we're going - towards melding with the robots.

That is what Google glass is all about. Melding with the robots. Machine learning. Machine integration. It is an intermediate step.

At any rate, at integration, we'll be online - all the time. Just like in that movie her.

I think that is why, fundamentally, there is such opposition to Google Glass. We can smell it. It is the smell of the inevitable future, getting that much closer.

Honestly, I've seen enough. I'm all set with Glass. Keep it, G, ok?

Technology is moving fast, but I'm already over the hill. Especially the way they're hitting the gas, right now. The robots are not coming. They're already here. And they're in control.

And we have to watch the information flow. That is what the internet is. It is like the matrix. An endless flow of information. And some certain people, with a certain character trait, or gene, or whatever, find they simply cannot stay away from that stream of information.

Like moths to a flame, "And if their wings get burned / I know I'm not to blame."

So people are hanging out watching the information flow like their snorting up lines of cocaine on the kitchen counter. They can't help themselves. They can't stop.

Both Samantha and I have an eye on this particular tributary of the information stream - that of the impact of technology on health, on the economy, on society. The acceptable topic of discussion on the DP is fairly narrow.

On the other hand, I do get a fishy feeling from this article, just like we got all kinds of bogus "science" by which people altered their belief in the past, only to find out that they're even worse off!

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I do know my life is different after the machines came in. There is a quality of mind that is gone. That quality does return, when the internet is not available for extended periods of time.

They said the same thing about television.

They said watching too much television would turn American citizens into apathetic and mindless zombies watching whatever propaganda was fed to us............oh, wait a second..........

Does the same thing happen if

Does the same thing happen if you visit the DP too often to get your reality check?

We need to classify the

We need to classify the internet as a class 1 drug, and incarcerate anyone who uses it. Period.

Addiction, shmaddiction!

"Addiction" and "peychological dependency" are buzzwords used by Puritans in their self-righteous judgementalness to feel superior to those of us who aren't all tight-assed and actually are Free enough to do what we feel like doing. They're also handy labels for when you want to marginalize and demonize entire segments of the population that you don't like or are afraid of.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

17 participants?

The study is a joke.

The Game Star Trek NG 106th episode


Free includes debt-free!

'The Game'


"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

CBS = disinfo

Message: Stay off the internet. Actual: You may learn that MSM is not telling you the truth.

I disagree

not with the part about MSM being disinfo, but the 'message' of the article. There have been "is the internet addicting?" articles since at least the late 80's-- long before it became a mainstream trend.

Besides, there is PLENTY of propaganda online, so it's not as if TV is "their" only option.

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Psychological dependence and

Psychological dependence and addiction are two very, very different things. Importantly, the former can be developed around literally any activity or substance.

uncannily comparable in SOME ways yet NOT equivalent

Internet addiction can certainly be as severe as any behavioral addiction. The rerouting of neurological pathways has been shown more remarkable than the previous generation of television addicts in most ways. Yes, in that regard it is on par with cocaine addiction and other addictions that also involve physical introduction of foreign chemicals. Internet addiction may even have long term negative effects on addicts' brains to some degree even long after the behavior has ceased, especially for those whose brains are still not fully developed. But it is simultaneously quite unlike cocaine in that it isn't a foreign chemical introduced to the brain, and long term permanent damage of cocaine addiction is in a completely different league from internet addiction in that regard and for that physical reason. Internet addiction at its worst will cause light atrophy to sectors of the brain. Cocaine will eventually eat it like a zombie! 0_o

But hey, that was an interesting read, and now that I think about it, I don't think I've used cocaine since the internet's been around. :D Hmmm... interesting indeed...

"Can a person be truly addicted to the Internet?"

Maybe not the internet itself, but there are plenty of people who get addicted to internet porn, online gaming, social media nonsense et cetera. So, while I don't believe that the internet itself is addictive, some of the content found online can be for some people, but that can be said about anything so it's all a moot point.

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Here's another super scientific study


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