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Americans Surfing the Web During Church, Honeymoons and Dinner, Study Says

Need further proof that the Internet is turning us into anti-social, asexual balls of pathetic brain mush? Look no further than the results of a new survey from security firm PC Tools. According to the survey, 29-percent of American Internet users see no problem whatsoever with accessing the Internet during a wedding, 41-percent think it's perfectly acceptable to surf during family dinners,...

Offlining Inc. Dares You to Unplug

If you're a regular reader of Switched then you know by now the addictive power of technology. Gamers in South Korea are being prescribed antidepressants and are dropping dead of exhaustion, Americans routinely pick the Web over sex, and evidence is mounting that too much time spent online can lead to depression, anxiety and fatigue. It's no wonder that many people and organizations have urged us...

Depressed? Lonely? Exhausted? Maybe Blame the Internet

And here we thought it was just another case of the wintertime blues that had us laying in bed and staring blankly at the ceiling for hours. Turns out, though, it may just be a simple case of Internet addiction that's been getting us down. According to researchers at the University of Leeds, spending too much time online can unleash a "dark side of the soul," and can even lead to legitimate...

U.S. Kids Spend Almost 1/3 of Their Day Online, Study Finds

Five years ago, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey that determined kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spent a whopping 6.5 hours a day on the Internet. According to the New York Times, one of the study's researchers initially thought that the usage statistics could not possibly increase in the future because of a lack of "enough hours in the day." The Foundation recently...

Parents Worried Girls Becoming Addicted to Facebook

On top of all the natural insecurities and volatile emotions that characterize adolescence, you can now add the girlish gossip-mongering of the Facebook age, where high school dating drama follows gals home and the family laptop becomes the central location of anxiety, woe, and "Oh no, she di-int." Granted, they may just want to have fun, but growing girls don't always have an easy time of it. ...

Judge Disciplined Over Facebook Addiction?

We've heard plenty of stories about people losing jobs due to inappropriate posts on Facebook, but this is the first time we've heard it suggested that a person was disciplined for Facebook addiction. Sources have suggested to the Staten Island Advance that Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino, Jr. was transferred from his post in the Forgotten Borough to a Brooklyn court, due, at least...

People Get Anxious When Disconnected, Finds Study

You know that pit in your stomach you get when you're out at night, you reach in your pocket for the obligatory, mindless, precautionary cell phone check, and (gasp!) the battery's dead? Or how your hands get all clammy and your mouth turns to the Mojave desert whenever you're trying to check your e-mail, but, for whatever reason, your Internet connection just won't cooperate? Don't worry. You're...

MTV Searching for Internet Addicts for 'True Life' Reality Series

Forget those boot camps for Internet addicts in China. In America, we work out our problems on television. That's why MTV is searching for Internet addicts to star in a new installment of its 'True Life' series. According to urlesque, the episode will be titled 'I Can't Disconnect.' If you've never watched the documentary series, each episode focuses on a different topic, from the absurd ("I'm a...

U.S. Gets Its First Net-Addiction Rehab Center

Internet addiction has been blamed for bad grades, lackluster sex lives, and violence. Now, finally completing its rise to the status of a serious affliction, it has its first rehabilitation center in the U.S. reSTART, a new Internet addiction recovery center 25 miles outside of Seattle, features a 45-day tech-detox that includes group counseling, individual therapy, 12-step meetings,...

Family Time Decreasing as Web Use Grows, Study Shows

Folks are finding less time to spend with those closest to them, and are spending more time pecking at a keyboard and stare at a glowing square. In no way should we be the first to cast stones here, but the findings of a new study by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California bother us just a bit. USA Today reported that, according to the study,...

Using Meditation to Overcome E-Mail Stress

We've discussed before how constant connectivity has become a source of stress, distraction, and even addiction for Americans. We've even suggested taking regular breaks from technology, where you completely unplug for a day or a week, just to get a respite from the constant barrage of IMs and e-mail that so many of us face. Soren Gordhamer, a self-proclaimed stress-reduction expert, however,...

Bad Grades? Blame Facebook.

Facebook has been blamed for a lot -- from firings and arrests to millions of dollars in lost productivity -- but now, according to a new study, Facebook can be blamed for ruining college students' GPAs. Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University surveyed 219 undergraduate and graduate students and found that, on average, students who use Facebook...

Middle-Aged Women Flocking to Facebook -- and Getting Addicted

For people who follow Internet trends, the rapid evolution and proliferation of Facebook provides endless fodder for discussion and analysis. According to Facebook, the site now boasts a membership of over 200 million people, a number of cyber-citizens that, if real, would qualify Facebook as the fifth largest country in the world. Some analysts believe Facebook may be reaching its saturation...

German Couples Prefer Internet, Cell Phones to Romance

Remember when we indicated that half of women would rather spend time online than being intimate with their partners? Many of you reacted with disbelief and many of you agreed wholeheartedly. Regardless of your opinions on the subject, it seems that the sentiment is shared in Europe as well, with a survey of 20-something-year-old couples finding that 84-percent of them would rather break up...

Internet Addiction May Breed Violence, Says New Study

Remember a time before video games and the Internet? When the world was a peaceful, loving place, free of murderers, sexual deviants and other purveyors of violence and filth? Apparently, some people do, as yet another study linking Internet usage and violence among the youth has been released. The report, published by the Journal of Adolescent Health (with a disclaimer that the results are not...