Virtual Addiction

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It might start with an innocent exploration of chat rooms, or a stab at an interactive multiuser game. But the Internet, for many Americans, has the potential to become an addiction that wreaks havoc at home, work, school, and in real-life relationships. The author, an expert on Internet addiction, began researching obsessive online behavior when he noticed that an increasing number of couples seeking marriage counseling were suffering from cyberspace-related problems.

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Overview

It might start with an innocent exploration of chat rooms, or a stab at an interactive multiuser game. But the Internet, for many Americans, has the potential to become an addiction that wreaks havoc at home, work, school, and in real-life relationships. The author, an expert on Internet addiction, began researching obsessive online behavior when he noticed that an increasing number of couples seeking marriage counseling were suffering from cyberspace-related problems.

Virtual Addiction includes 12 warning signs of Internet abuse, steps for addicts to change behavior, advice for netheads whose problems include compulsive online shopping and stock trading.

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Greenfield, a therapist and psychologist, explores the warning signs of Internet abuse and addiction and offers practical advice to help addicts change their relationship with their computers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572241725
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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Sometimes new technology creates new problems...... "Virtual Addiction" offers something for everyone. It provides an introduction to the Internet, gives suggestions on how to avoid some perils and pitfalls including Internet addiction, how to deal with cyberaffairs and cybersex, and offers ideas on how to protect children from the dangers of cyberspace. The book can be read as a whole or in smaller sections that are relevant to your interests and needs. This book can help anyone be "safer in cyberspace" . The Internet is wonderul communication tool, but it also almost exists as "a place", it is my hope that "Virtual Addiction" ca help any Netizen navigate the Net's electronic waters with skill, grace, and balance.

Excerpted from Virtual Addiction : Help for Netheads, Cyberfreaks, and Those Who Love Them by David N. Greenfield Ph.D. Copyright © 1999. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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Introduction

When I first approached the idea for this book, it was based in part, on my personal experience with the power of the Internet. When I was first introduced to the Internet I became almost instantly entranced by the online world. I noticed that I was spending far more time online than I had planned to each time I went online and still do. I also noticed that the Internet experience was exciting to me. It felt like an adventure, and it was fun. The colors, sounds, and information all available 24 hours a day felt almost intoxicating. Like many of you, I had already been using a computer. I had essentially used it for word processing, desktop publishing, and financial programs. Although I liked the computer, it never excited me the way it did after I went online.
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