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  • I was going to do a video about Internet addiction, but I spent all my time on Facebook instead

  • of writing it.

  • Anthony here for DNews and the INTERNET. I've never had a more complicated love/hate relationship

  • with anything. YouTube holes, Tumblr holes, I go to check myFacebook messages for a second

  • and come out two hours later. What makes the Internet so addictive?

  • There's a theory that Internet Addiction comes from the same bit of our brains that loves

  • gambling- pull a slot machine's handle and most of the time you lose. But every once

  • in a while, you hit the jackpot.

  • Our brains look for patterns and register every tiny difference. It's a survival instinct.

  • And when the unexpected thing we experience is some sort of win, we get positive chemical

  • feedback from our brain.

  • The Internet is the same way. Most of the stuff scrolling by in your feed is terrible-

  • but that makes every amazing corgi video that comes by so

  • much more exciting..

  • Over time, your brain starts to associate the internet as a whole with that tiny feeling

  • of victory- it's like pavlov's dogs.

  • We begin to drool at the possibility of good internet. That's why you can't help but look

  • when you hear the IM bell or the new mail noise. And if you share a great video and

  • people like it or reblog it, you get addicted to the positive social reinforcement. We talked

  • about that social aspect a bit in that video we did about Fear of Missing Out.

  • Another problem is that the Internet doesn't really have boundaries- multitasking is awesome,

  • but when everything is happening at once it becomes hard to draw a line at where to stop

  • using your computer or looking at your phone.

  • You're in the middle of checking Facebook and you get an email, and you're finishing

  • that email when you get a Twitter reply.

  • Studies show that willpower can be exhausted- sort of like a muscle. And cognitive tasks

  • can be really exhausting.

  • So here you are, sitting in front of a screen that's giving you endless things to think

  • about and emotionally react to- and your willpower just wears out and you keep clicking around.

  • If your internet addiction is particularly bad, hi, hello, that's me- its recommended

  • that you make strict boundaries on your time. I use this pomodoro timer that makes me work

  • in 20 minute intervals, then gives me 5 minutes off to bum around the internet doing whatever

  • I want. I don't... follow it. But I should.

  • Internet Addiction is so prevalent that it's actually mentioned in the newly released DSM-5-

  • the manual for the mental health professionals. It's not classified as a disorder YET, but

  • it's 'recommended for further research." I say get on it, science, because it feels crazy

  • real to me. How bad is your internet addiction? Be honest, this is a safe place. And not to

  • make things worse if your addiction's bad, but I'd love it if you subscribed here for

  • more DNews.

  • And not to make things worse if your addiction's bad, but I'd love it if you followed us on

  • Twitter or liked us on Facebook.

I was going to do a video about Internet addiction, but I spent all my time on Facebook instead

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我們都是網癮者嗎? (Are We All Internet Addicts?)

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    Momo Hsiung 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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