In a series of man-on-the-street interviews, one young woman's answer to the question, "Do you think you're addicted to the Internet?" was: "Yes…. Twitter. I can't get off of it." Another responded, "I love creeping on Facebook. I never post; I'm just always creeping, creeping, creeping [also called "lurking," looking at people's comments, likes, photos, etc.]." A third said, "I just run to the … [Read more...] about An 18-year-old’s exploration of ‘Internet addiction’ in video
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Judging by the just-released documentary Web Junkie, about a Chinese "Internet addiction" treatment center, it's loneliness that's at the heart of what the Chinese officially call a clinical disorder (more often called "problematic Internet use" in the West). If you can get past the boot-camp-like conditions and young patients' (inmates'?) tears, you'll get to a scene – at 4:50 into the … [Read more...] about ‘Internet addiction’: New ‘disorder’ about age-old needs?
While the US mental healthcare field is considering whether "Internet addiction" is a disorder, it doesn't seem to understand how vast and diverse Internet use is. When a CNN reporter asks psychiatry professor Charles O'Brien at University of Pennsylvania – chair of the working group that determines whether disorders make an official list in the United States – about it, both use "Internet … [Read more...] about Puzzling over ‘Internet addiction’
There could be no better year-end wrap-up or gift for stakeholders in youth online safety worldwide than UNICEF's just-released "State of the World's Children…in a Digital World." In it are the latest research, stories and commentaries from multiple international perspectives, including, to its credit, those of young people in 26 countries. In addition to their views and practices, the report … [Read more...] about The state of global youth, digitally speaking: Research
I usually write about other people's work – especially that of the researchers I've followed through the years. But now that I've just passed the 20-year mark in writing about youth and digital media (yikes!), I thought I'd share with you my own top takeaways as a participant observer of Internet safety's early years (1997-now). Here's Part 1 (Part 2 on this page): 1. A generalization about … [Read more...] about 6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 1