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SPCM4900 Notes 11

SPCM4900 Notes 11 - Internet Addiction 10 has Internet...

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3/29/11 Internet Addiction 10% has Internet Addiction (Katie Couric, 2007- CBS News) “Superhacker” Kevin Mitnick, 1989 Plead guilty NOT imprisoned Sentenced to six months’ rehabilitation for “Computer addiction” “hacking gives a sense of self-esteem he doesn’t get in the real world…This is a new and growing addiction.” Addiction Categorized under “substance dependence” Maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to significant psychological impairment. What is a “substance”? Alcohol Drugs + Would you say you’re addicted to alcohol? Dependence (3 or more in a 6 month period) Abuse (1 or more in a 12 month period) Tolerance (marked increase in amount; marked decrease in effect) Recurrent use resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligation at work, home or school Characteristic withdrawal symptoms; substance taken to relieve withdrawal Recurrent use in physically hazardous situations
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