Does the internet lead to social isolation?

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A growing body of research suggests that excessive internet use carries some of the same risks as gambling: it can lead to social isolation, depression and failure at work/school.

Some people, particularly those who were isolated to begin with, have forged healthy friendships by meeting kindred souls online.

What do you think? Will using the internet obsessively hurt face-to-face relationships?
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Social Isolation, probably... YES. Which is why I go out when i can!
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(Original post by piginapoke)
It can become addictive and take over your life which will damage your conventional social life. So, its only a problem, like anything, if done excessively. Its a bit less harmful than gambling though as its only effects seem to be personal or social ones.

I think obsessive use can hurt existing relationships, but interaction can help some people develop better interpersonal skills.

If I wasn't such a busy person I could very easily become addicted. The information available to you is limitless, and you become determined to obtain more and more information, while time continues to fly by. When you realise there's nothing else you'd rather do with your time, perhaps that's when you should question your mental health.
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Yes obsessive internet use does do all of those things.
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
A growing body of research suggests that excessive internet use carries some of the same risks as gambling: it can lead to social isolation, depression and failure at work/school.

Some people, particularly those who were isolated to begin with, have forged healthy friendships by meeting kindred souls online.

What do you think? Will using the internet obsessively hurt face-to-face relationships?
Who turned out all the lights?
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Who turned out all the lights?
Huh? Could you shed some light on that one?

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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
A growing body of research suggests that excessive internet use carries some of the same risks as gambling: it can lead to social isolation, depression and failure at work/school.

Some people, particularly those who were isolated to begin with, have forged healthy friendships by meeting kindred souls online.

What do you think? Will using the internet obsessively hurt face-to-face relationships?
It depends what you mean by excessive. I mean, I'm not currently experiencing any problems with my social life!
Talking of excessive use, what's happened to Mr White?
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
A growing body of research suggests that excessive internet use carries some of the same risks as gambling: it can lead to social isolation, depression and failure at work/school.

Some people, particularly those who were isolated to begin with, have forged healthy friendships by meeting kindred souls online.

What do you think? Will using the internet obsessively hurt face-to-face relationships?
I think that is possible...(remembers psychological studies related to the internet she has to revise for her exams)...but a lot of the stuff on the internet is quite dull, so i wonder how people become addicted.
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It depends what you mean by excessive. I mean, I'm not currently experiencing any problems with my social life!
Talking of excessive use, what's happened to Mr White?
It's quite difficult to define ''excessive use''. To develop into a psychological addiction I'd say the symptons would be: a growing tolerance of long online hours, withdrawal (with visible social ramifications), failing to control internet use.

If you social life isn't suffering consequently, then it wouldn't be classed as an addiction.
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I can't use it excessively - scary exams coming up and find it too difficult to study alone + standing in for head girl (she's abandoned me by flying off to the US).

Although the internet does have some of my favourite revision sites and msn, where i usually get my essays done by chatting to Rachael
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
It's quite difficult to define ''excessive use''. To develop into a psychological addiction I'd say the symptons would be: a growing tolerance of long online hours, withdrawal (with visible social ramifications), failing to control internet use.

If you social life isn't suffering consequently, then it wouldn't be classed as an addiction.
Are we talking about the stereotype of fatman on a porn site with a burger in his hand here? (pardon the lack of pc)
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Are we talking about the stereotype of fatman on a porn site with a burger in his hand here? (pardon the lack of pc)
Haha I think many people are following in ''fatman's'' footsteps.
I discussed this with my ex last night, and he thinks the number one symptom of net addiction is when you start having dreams about the net on a regular basis-I can't believe some people involuntarily take it that far!
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Haha I think many people are following in ''fatman's'' footsteps.
I discussed this with my ex last night, and he thinks the number one symptom of net addiction is when you start having dreams about the net on a regular basis-I can't believe some people involuntarily take it that far!
Interesting point, although in answer to your first post, I would say that net addiction can be a consequence of those factors you mentioned, rather than a cause.
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this forum is certainly addictive, it doesnt stop me havin a life tho
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
A growing body of research suggests that excessive internet use carries some of the same risks as gambling: it can lead to social isolation, depression and failure at work/school.

Some people, particularly those who were isolated to begin with, have forged healthy friendships by meeting kindred souls online.

What do you think? Will using the internet obsessively hurt face-to-face relationships?
no i dont think it hurts face-to-face relationships...i mean i use the internet more than most people, maybe more than 4-5 hours a day, and i still go out and be sociable in the weekends i think im sociable anyways. I really think it depends. I know alot of computer geeks who are not too sociable but others are more , so it really depends on your personality.
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
Haha I think many people are following in ''fatman's'' footsteps.
I discussed this with my ex last night, and he thinks the number one symptom of net addiction is when you start having dreams about the net on a regular basis-I can't believe some people involuntarily take it that far!
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this forum is certainly addictive, it doesnt stop me havin a life tho
Same here
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This site doesn't help! I'm always on. Addicted!
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Interesting point, although in answer to your first post, I would say that net addiction can be a consequence of those factors you mentioned, rather than a cause.
It's reminding me of the whole ''Which came first?'', chicken/egg scenario.

Is it the internet that ultimately leads to mental disorders, or is it mental disorders that lead people to the internet?

I know it's not as clear-cut as that, but I think for a healthy, normally well-balanced person, who wouldn't usually display an addictive streak, the internet is a welcome invitation to obsessive behaviour.
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(Original post by LoStInIdEaFlOoD)
It's reminding me of the whole ''Which came first?'', chicken/egg scenario.

Is it the internet that ultimately leads to mental disorders, or is it mental disorders that lead people to the internet?

I know it's not as clear-cut as that, but I think for a healthy, normally well-balanced person, who wouldn't usually display an addictive streak, the internet is a welcome invitation to obsessive behaviour.
Thats definitely a good point.
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