In a society fueled by the rapid-fire connectivity of personal computers, tablets, and smartphones, obsessive Internet behavior has become a cultural norm. However, when does an overreliance on WiFi—and the rabid need to distract oneself with online gaming, shopping, tweeting, scrolling, "liking," and microblogging at all hours of the day and night—morph into an addiction?
ABC News reports that a Pennsylvania hospital, Bradford Regional Medical Center, has become the first in the U.S. to treat severe Internet addiction through a 10-day inpatient program. Patients admitted to the voluntary behavorial health treatment center must first undergo a "digital detox" that prohibits Internet use for at least 72 hours, followed by therapy sessions and educational seminars to "help them get their Internet compulsion under control."
Dr. Kimberly S.