January 29, 2004
It Has a Name

>Surfing the web, playing computer games and using mobile phones are collectively becoming known as 'contact addiction'.

Some cases are quite extreme, not just MechAssault on XBox, it's cell phones, it's SMS: "Symptoms include a compulsion to text ... taking precedence over everything else, and feeling moody and irritable when unable to feed the compulsion."

Posted by kevin slavin at January 29, 2004 08:14 PM

When does the new DSM come out?

Posted by: Kio on January 29, 2004 08:48 PM

2 more days left. can you please leave me and mech-ass out of it?

Posted by: djpopejohnpaul on January 29, 2004 09:54 PM

so what is the prescription for 'contact addiction'? isolation? (wasn't that a joy division song? that worked well didn't it) or maybe the the 'real world'? how is the internet not part of the real world? i mean i have always wondered how the media is not part of what is really happening, how it should be so different from the lint in my pocket. like i never bought that arguement that photographing a photo was because everything has been done already. photographing a photo is just something a camera does - i mean what does the camera care what its pointed at? it all the same right? okay -- now i am ranting about nothing. but, okay. all i am saying is i just don't buy into all this separation, categorizing of experiences. i live, i do stuff. let's say i lived 50 years ago pre internet... maybe i would be one of those ham radio nerds in the basement tuning into sounds from outerspace.

Posted by: james on January 30, 2004 10:09 AM

okay. so now i read the article. and i am really struck by this 'texting' thing. as if its sooooo bad. man, if i had a kid, and their problem was texting i think i'd be fairly relieved.

but there have been a bunch of articles lately about porn addiction. just like there was a few years ago lots of articles about e-mail addiction.

perhaps not all mutations happen in the genes.

Posted by: james on January 30, 2004 10:21 AM

I remember when I was in love for the first time, age 17, and I'd gone up to Davis to help my sister move in to the dorm or an apartment or whatever, and I was driving back down to San Mateo. Somewhere around the Nut Tree, traffic stopped. For quite a while. My flesh crawled with the need to be moving towards Jenny, aforementioned first love. It felt physically ill. A) boy, love is quite a thing. B) sometimes, a lengthy separation from email feels a little bit the same.

Posted by: dbrown on January 30, 2004 10:48 AM

re: articles about porn - i think this cartoon from the new yorker sums it up best.

Posted by: elia on January 30, 2004 10:50 AM

The "Noughties"? Or the "Naughties"?

Posted by: tmonkey on January 30, 2004 11:51 AM

I feel it today--contact withdrawl. My IM is behaving strangely and won't stay connected. I feel completely out of sorts. I feel blind.

Posted by: Kio on February 3, 2004 02:30 PM

Yesterday, a teen researcher talked about a survey they had done with 14-35 year olds, male and female.

The question was: if you had to choose, would you rather go a month with your cell phone or a month without sex?

Everyone said they would rather go without sex -- with the single exception of teenage boys. In further interviews, however, one of these teenage said something along the lines of: "well, maybe I'd choose the cell phone. I could stay in touch with everyone and I could still have phone sex."

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on February 4, 2004 11:15 AM
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