Re: virus: Fwd: Computer Addiction Is Coming On-line

Eric Boyd (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 14:21:02 -0500


Wade T. Smith
Symptoms and Surveys

Is it just me, or does it seem like this entire article was addressing only the symptoms, and not the real cause of this problem? WHY are people becomming addicted? What is causing them to turn away from RL and towards fantasy?

I dislike psychology mostly for this reason...

My personal understanding of individuals is that they only do what interests them most -- that, like TV "addiction", this problem is merely fabricated by people who think that 10 hours a day of <x> is too much. Now, if the people themselves are complaining, I can see it... but then the problem is their will-power, not the computer itself... if they don't want to play, the off switch is really easy to reach.

(in short: I think "psychological" addiction is a myth)