Thursday, November 08, 2012

NBC Rock Center reports on Internet addiction, and on a gay male couple as dads

NBC Rock Center on Thursday, Nov. 8, covered the new topic of “Internet Addiction”, showing brain scans that exhibit changes similar to those in alcohol or drug addiction.  The story, by Ami Schmitz and Jessica Hopper, depicted a rehab center called “Restart” near Seattle, where a stay costs $40000 (not covered by insurance) and where patients live in woodland pods that resemble hobbit homes.

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Men tended to be addicted to computer games; women to social media, and both to chat rooms.  Addiction to blogging happens. 
South Korea also has programs to treat Internet addiction.

I wonder what Dr. Phil would say about this.  I can remember college students being addicted to chess when I was an undergraduate, to the point that one of them did not graduate and wound up being drafted into the Vietnam war. Perhaps chess maps to the real world in a manner similar to the Internet.  (See my movie review of "Brooklyn Castle" on Nov. 5.)  
Rock Center also showed a gay family in Queens, NY, where two gay men were raising a son, and where one of the men was author Andrew Solomon (“The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” and more recently “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity”.  Solomon had researched the family of Dylan Klebold (Columbine in 1999), and had come to believe that it would be important for him to have the experience of fatherhood himself to understand what families take on by having kids.  

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