Addiction to social networking is it as severe as drug addiction?

This is the second question that they were conducted to the specialists who participated in the round table discussion on: How to affect social networks in our personal relationships, a project that has been carried out from PortalProgramas because of the rise of this type of platforms on the Internet and the changes that are occurring in the personal lives of its users.

Does the addiction to a social network, if you can call it that, can be as serious as other addictions such as drug addiction?

Mertxe Pasamontes, psychologist: it Can be if there is a personality with a predisposition to that kind of “hooks”. A paradigmatic case could be the Hikikomoris japanese, teens or just out of your room and not interact with anyone. But when you look a little such cases, it is seen that there are some social circumstances, and personality predisposing.

In most cases, the excessive use of the Social Networks will be of greater severity than may have see the TV for many hours. An addiction to a drug can have consequences much more devastating.

[…] the excessive use of the Social Networks will be of greater severity than that which you may have seen the TV many hours […]

Javier Rivera, a sociologist: Well, yes you can call it as well. In fact there are many studies on addiction to the Internet, but The American Journal os Psychiatry published an editorial in 2008 where it was recommended to further study the phenomenon. The majority of studies conducted have taken place in Asia, where we have identified trends of addiction important, especially among the children and to the mobile. Normally, no one speaks in particular of “addiction to social networking”, but of disorders related to the Internet or new technologies. As in the mobile phones, or other in which technology exacerbates and power a previous problem, such as gambling addiction online, addiction to porn, etc Issues that can become very serious. But above all, I believe that we can speak of addiction when the habit of relating with others through technology inhibits physical relationship or face-to-face. There are cases in which this happens, and others where the opposite is true: it seems that the person improves and enriches their social life. In any case, maybe is soon to know, by the lack of studies and the time elapsed. Social networks started to become popular in 2007 and it was not until 2009 that took off really.

[…] I think that we can speak of addiction when the habit of relating with others through technology inhibits physical relationship or face-to-face […]

Victor Domingo, Association of internet Users: The additions as any other type of abuse in the consumption of substances (alcohol, drugs, food, etc) or repetition of behaviors (gambling, sex, etc) are a serious problem for the people affected, the severity is the loss of control of the lives of people when they have these issues.

[…] gravity is the loss of control of the lives of the people when these problems […]

Antonio Jesus Molina-Fernandez, proyecto hombre: it Depends on which key let’s talk: from a medical point of view, or organic does not speak of disorders comparable; if you focus on key psychosocial, since then the improper use can alter in any significant way to the people who presented their personal and social relationships, their emotional environment, your family life…

In fact, phenomena like the hikikomori in Japan force you to consider a change in our schemes of analysis of these disorders, blurring of the problem behavior and refocusing on its causes and consequences.

[…] if you focus on key psychosocial, since then the improper use can alter in any significant way to the people […]
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Anna Ortiz

July 21, 2012

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