Internet addiction appears to be a common disorder that merits inclusion in DSM-V.
J. J. Block writes in the American Journal of Psychiatry (March, 2008): Conceptually, the diagnosis is a compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage (1, 2) and consists of at least three subtypes: ex-cessive gaming, sexual preoccupations, and e-mail/text messaging (3). All of the var-iants share the following four components: 1) excessive use, often associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic drives, 2) withdrawal, including feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible, 3) tolerance, including the need for better computer equipment, more software, or more hours of use, and 4) negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation,
The contributers to DSM are just people too (seems often a conservative group with past inclusions including sexual orientation as a mental illness.)
What surprizes me though is the ignorance brought to these deliberations.
In a comparative analysis of landlines with mobiles, the literature reviewed by Amparo Lasen shows "... civilisation advances new kinds of diseases produced by novel agencies brought to bear on man’s body and mind” as reported by the British Medical Journal in 1889. The fear of health risks derived from telephone use also arose in the
early days of its development. Even “strong-minded and able-bodied men” were considered to be susceptible because of the “almost constant strain of the auditory apparatus” in people who uses the telephone very often. The symptoms were nervous excitability, buzzing in the ear, giddiness and neuralgic pains. A certain amount of "moral panic" often follows the introduction of many new technologies. Some of the risks considered are the same in both landline and mobile phones; others are different, following the more feared diseases of each period."
Seems phones have been contributing to our madness ever since their inception.
The fears of inconsiderate behaviour, neglect of 'actual relationships' and social hysteria are not new.
Somethings change, some stay the same.
What truly surprizes me is that it gets published and reported.
AND SHE WILL ALWAYS CARRY ON
SOMETHING IS LOST
BUT SOMETHING IS FOUND
THEY WILL KEEP ON SPEAKING HER NAME
SOME THINGS CHANGE
SOME STAY THE SAME
Hymn To Her