Health & Spirit

Kicking internet addiction

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

On a 1996 episode of "Roseanne," David finds Jackie on the computer: "I've been playing around with it a little...," she said.

"Jackie, aren't those the same clothes you had on yesterday?"

"I don't know, maybe ... what's your point?" she responds.

"Oh my God, you haven't left this thing," David exclaims. "You're addicted to the internet!"

"No, I'm not," she protests.

"Yes, you are! I've seen this before," he says. "I lost two of my friends to this!"

Two decades later, studies confirm that punchline: Brain scans show that for someone with an internet addiction, being online activates the brain's reward center just like an abused drug does.

Signs of IA

--Preferring being online to spending offline time with others

--Feeling empty without internet access


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(c) 2018 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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