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10 Strange Addictions

        Health | Addiction

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Internet and the Blackberry
Compulsively checking your Blackberry gives a sense of control but also leads to an increased level of stress.
Compulsively checking your Blackberry gives a sense of control but also leads to an increased level of stress.
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There's a reason the Blackberry is nicknamed the "Crackberry" -- a study conducted at Rutgers University suggests that while many of us find our work-issued Blackberry a type of albatross, some people become preoccupied with the Internet and the connection their Blackberry provides, compulsively checking for new e-mail or updates every few minutes. It's a vicious cycle, though, according to a recent study from the MIT Sloan School of Management: Compulsively checking your Blackberry gives a sense of control but also leads to an increased level of stress.

The problem has become prevalent enough that many mental health professionals now recognize Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) as a condition characterized by Internet usage that interferes with a person's daily life (social events, school and work) along with symptoms of withdrawal (including tension, anger and depression) when unable to go online.