Leaning over a tiny wooden table, dressed in a shapeless gray-green prison uniform, she described her first encounter with him. “I was scared,” she said. “Why should I open up? But after Chris posted my picture on the Internet, I felt amazing. People commented and made me feel like I could accomplish a lot. After that, they knew my pain.”
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“Coffee and caffeine have been inexorably intertwined in our thinking, but truth is coffee contains a whole lot of other stuff with biological benefits,” said Martin. And most concerns about caffeine’s negative effects on the heart have been dispelled. In June, a meta-analysis of ten years of research went so far as to find an inverse association between habitual, moderate consumption and risk of heart failure. The association peaked at four cups per day, and coffee didn’t stop being beneficial until subjects had increased their daily consumption to beyond ten cups.
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American medical discourse is chock full of addictions these days. There’s video game addiction. Porn addiction. Gambling addiction. Internet addiction.
And of course: Facebook addiction. At least, that’s according to Norwegian researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen, who says people who can’t get enough of the social network show many of the same signs of withdrawal and mood swings associated with gambling junkies. […]
These questions are a way of measuring whether you have a problem with Facebook. Each of them correlates with one of the six components listed above and can be answered: very rarely, rarely, sometimes, often, or very often. Here they are:
How often during the last year have you…
- spent a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planned use of Facebook?
- used Facebook in order to forget about personal problems?
- felt an urge to use Facebook more and more?
- become restless or troubled if you have been prohibited from using Facebook?
- used Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies?
- tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success?
Kids spend an increasing fraction of their formative years online, and it is a habit they dutifully carry into adulthood. Under the right circumstances, however, a love affair with the Internet may spiral out of control and even become an addiction.
Whereas descriptions of online addiction are controversial at best among researchers, a new study cuts through much of the debate and hints that excessive time online can physically rewire a brain.
» via Scientific American