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Women Are "Genetically Predisposed" to Internet Addiction

Young_Chitlin
Young_Chitlin YCN Chief/FCC Member/#RedVelvetSquad Member/IC Task Force GeneralASUville, PhoenixMembers Posts: 23,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited August 2012 in The Powder Room
Women Are Genetically Predisposed to Internet Addiction, So It’s Not Your Fault That You Can’t Stop Stalking Your Ex on Facebook or Whatever
By: Tracie Egan Morrissey

Despite the internet being relatively new technology, your attachment to the web is genetic. According to a study conducted at the University of Bonn, researchers have found a biological link between Internet addiction and smoking addiction, pinpointing it to a specific gene—and it's usually found in women.

For the study, researchers interviewed 800 people about their internet habits, and how they felt if that access was denied to them. Of those, 132 people seemed most addicted, so their genetic makeup was compared to those of an Internet "healthy" control group. They found that many of the Internet addicts had the same genetic variant as nicotine addicts.

Dr. Christian Montag, said that subjects in the study who exhibited "problematic internet behavior" tended to be women and that "the sex-specific genetic finding may result from a specific subgroup of internet dependency, such as the use of social networks" like Facebook and Twitter. So all those pictures of people's meals and status updates about how they're at the gym or how much they love their moms? They're not merely unimportant, annoying details about someone's boring life—they're a symptom of a larger problem (that still mostly just clogs up your feed).

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  • Young_Chitlin
    Young_Chitlin YCN Chief/FCC Member/#RedVelvetSquad Member/IC Task Force General ASUville, PhoenixMembers Posts: 23,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • MissK
    MissK #Lurkerlivesmatter FuckyouIcontribute Behind a DeskMembers Posts: 4,103 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Meh, just nosy. Lol
  • Bussy_Getta
    Bussy_Getta STFUMembers Posts: 37,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Uhh cool
  • blakfyahking
    blakfyahking The IC's Resident Father Figure Members Posts: 15,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    women?

    attention 🤬 /being nosy/stalking on the internet?



    I don't believe this revelation :(
  • deadeye
    deadeye Walmart Warrior Kat's buttMembers Posts: 22,883 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Women Are Genetically Predisposed to Internet Addiction, So It’s Not Your Fault That You Can’t Stop Stalking Your Ex on Facebook or Whatever
    By: Tracie Egan Morrissey

    So all those pictures of people's meals and status updates about how they're at the gym or how much they love their moms? They're not merely unimportant, annoying details about someone's boring life—they're a symptom of a larger problem (that still mostly just clogs up your feed).

    Shots at Kat and that chick from DC (can't seem to remember her name) with over 50,000 tweets?

  • atribecalledgabi
    atribecalledgabi DragonstoneMembers, Moderators Posts: 14,063 Regulator
    so basically more women than men are predisposed to addiction?

    don't believe.
  • sully
    sully Members, Writer Posts: 4,955 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This isn't a conclusive test. It's merely correlative, and if it's being funded by the same German government project funding other universities to determine internet addiction, then they're getting really varied results. From another study:
    4.2 % of the patients fulfilled criteria for internet addiction. Male patients of younger age with main diagnosis of cannabis dependence or pathological gambling were found to be at higher risk.Conclusions: Internet addiction is more common among patients of the rehabilitation system than in the general population. Especially young, male patients in treatment for cannabis dependence or pathological gambling are at risk for co-morbid internet addiction. It is recommended that regular screening for internet addiction should be implemented in facilities with patients at risk in order to offer indicative treatment.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22926793
  • sully
    sully Members, Writer Posts: 4,955 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Here's something from another study done in Sweden:
    The overall prevalence of PIU was 4.4%; it was higher among males than females (5.2% versus 3.8%) and differed between countries (χ(2)  = 309.98; d.f. = 20; P < 0.001). PIU correlated significantly with mean hours online and male gender. The highest-ranked online activities were watching videos, frequenting chatrooms and social networking; significantly higher rates of playing single-user games were found in males and social networking in females. Living in metropolitan areas was associated with PIU. Students not living with a biological parent, low parental involvement and parental unemployment showed the highest relative risks of both MIU and PIU.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22621402
  • SleepwalkingInJapan
    SleepwalkingInJapan Members Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lame excuse
  • LUClEN
    LUClEN Absence makes the heart grow fonder of someone else Members Posts: 20,559 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2012
    Just as men are predisposed to video game and porn addiction
  • DarcSkies
    DarcSkies TRUST IN ALLAH BUT TIE UP YOUR CAMEL Members Posts: 13,791 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wish they were genetically predisposed to shutting the 🤬 up.
  • SlickestR
    SlickestR Members Posts: 2,787 ✭✭✭✭✭
    i could believe that, just like i can believe 🤬 be addicted to porn and 🤬 call of duty
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