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Surfing the Internet Is Actually Addictive

Considering the fact that if you are reading this, you have most likely been causally browsing the Internet for some period of undetermined time, these findings from scientists at Swansea and Milan Universities are probably relevant to you: Surfing the internet is like a drug. (Though, really, anyone who has inadvertently spent an entire afternoon browsing Wikipedia to see what ‘90s sitcom actors are doing now could have told you this.) The researchers found that users who spend long periods of time browsing the web can experience actual “withdrawal symptoms” when they go offline. The researchers say that negative moods, anxiety and even depression are among the psychological consequences of Internet addiction. If Sandra Bullock’s The Net taught us nothing, it’s that Internet access is not a privilege that should be taken lightly. See what you and your invention hath wrought, Al Gore! …

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