By Amy Kraft
Posting in Science
Scientists have found a link between Internet addiction and a genetic mutation involved in nicotine addiction.
If your thoughts constantly revolve around surfing the web and you get anxious or depressed when you don't have access to the online world, you may be suffering from Internet addiction. And new research shows that Internet addiction is tied to a genetic mutation.
Christian Montag and colleagues from the University of Bonn in Germany and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim compared DNA samples from individuals who had troublesome relationships with the Internet to that of healthy individuals. They found that people with problematic relationships were more often carriers of a genetic mutation that plays a role in nicotine addiction.
"Internet addiction is not a figment of our imagination," Montag says in a statement. "Researchers and therapists are increasingly closing in on it. The current data already shows that there are clear indications for genetic causes of Internet addiction."
Researchers interviewed 843 people about their online habits and found that 132 of the participants showed signs of "problematic behavior in how they handle the online medium." Using DNA samples, scientists compared the genetic makeup of the two groups and found that the individuals in the problematic group were more likely to carry a mutation on the CHRNA4 gene, which is linked to nicotine addiction.
The study also found that the genetic mutation occurred more frequently in women who displayed problematic Internet behavior.
Researchers think that a mutation on the CHRNA4 gene activates the reward center in the brains of Internet addicts, similar to the way it promotes addictive behavior in nicotine addicts.
The study is in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
It is important to discuss how to handle possible consequences of Internet use as more and more of our lives revolve around computer electronics and information that is created and managed on the web.
To date, Internet addiction has not been clearly defined in medical terms because it is not as well understood as addiction to other things such as alcohol or sex. The researchers note that more research needs to be done before they can make any conclusions or work on solutions to the problem. Montag says, "If such connections are better understood, this will also result in important indications for better therapies."
via Science Daily
Photo via flickr/Marcin Wichary
Sep 1, 2012
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Something is an addictions if it does not allow you to function. Retarded comments been the norm of trolls we are not talking about people using to much internet we are talking about people who can't get off the internet just like people who light up two cigarets at a time. Addictions like obsession is a bad thing as for how long people are online, how long does it take to troll a few sights a day, or do you trolls stay online all day trolling?
Since the days when people used networks of text-menu-driven bulletin boards and dial up modems, certain people have complained about the time spent online by others. The stereotype of the geek in the basement with a bare light bulb and a terminal, excluding himself from normal human contact began in those days. Before that, was it the ham radio guy with a clackety teletype machine, up all night sending 10 characters per second out into the ether where 100 other stations waited? Now it is morphed into the "poor internet addict who needs society's help". I suggest that addictions are real, and that some people are more prone to them than others, but I reject the notion that anyone can be addicted to the internet any more than they could be addicted to the telephone, the post office, and the physical library. It is great to research the causes of addictions, and it is interesting to know why some people spend more time "on the internet" than others, but those whom complain about what other people do with their spare time&money should mind their own business. What is next? Is it OK to spend an hour researching real knowledge like how a magnetron works or why a tire may explode, but not to spend an hour on something trivial or fun like facebook or a video game? 2 hours? 5 hours?? Life would be even more fun if people would mind their own business, but there's never any money to be made by minding one's own business. There is money to be made by finding out what people like to do and putting a stop to it. Such studies, perhaps paid for by the government, serve to open the door to more 'classification of behaviors' and from that, intrusions into people's private lives and ways to extract funds from them and from society through monitoring and exertion of increased control.
Yes, commissar...the people are getting smarter and talking back using the Internet. Surely, we can stop this. Let us use DSM-IV and label it an "addiction"...then proper grounds for incarceration can proceed! Ah, a toast then, some vodka no...we will have this "freedom addiction" under control in no time soon!
An addict is a addict no mater what the addiction is. An to say the Internet made them addict's is just as stupid as saying a drink or drug made some one a addict. It is part of are personality and dependent on influences in are lives whether or not we become addicted to what ever come into our lives,food,sex,and what ever we use drown are self with . Take it from me a addict even though I have been clean for 20 years I am still a addict. Peace every one .