January 11, 2012
Internet Addiction Linked To Brain White Matter Abnormalities

Does your brain white matter feel okay?

Internet addiction disorder may be associated with abnormal white matter structure in the brain, as reported in the Jan. 11 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. These structural features may be linked to behavioral impairments, and may also provide a method to study and treat the disorder.

Previous studies of internet addiction disorder (IAD), which is characterized by an individual's inability to control his or her Internet use, have mostly focused on psychological questionnaires. The current study, on the other hand, uses an MRI technique to investigate specific features of the brain in 18 adolescents suffering from IAD.

The researchers, led by Hao Lei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, found that IAD is characterized by impairment of white matter fibers connecting brain regions involved in emotional generation and processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control, and suggest that IAD may share psychological and neural mechanisms with other types of impulse control disorders and substance addiction.

As a heavy internet user I suddenly want to know: is my brain white matter tweaked?

How's your left genu of your corpus callosum doing?

Significantly negative correlations were found between FA values in the left genu of the corpus callosum and the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders, and between FA values in the left external capsule and the Young's Internet addiction scale.

If you have to feel anxiety to have this abnormality then I'm okay. Anxiety is an emotional that I don't much feel. Okay, do I have, like, anxiety deficit syndrome? Its always something.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 January 11 10:51 PM  Brain Addiction

Babbino Mio said at January 13, 2012 10:57 AM:

Can I get some kind of SSA disability check for this? Show me the money! woooohoooooooo

time to fire up some World of Warcraft!

Odah said at January 13, 2012 3:56 PM:

so where is the disorder for siiting on your fat butt 6 hours a day and watching tv ..I am much better off being addicted to getting info and playing games on the internet than..drugs alcohol and whatever ..the need to classify the addiction is nothing but and attempt to figure out which drug to put someone on so ..the will become suicidal and need more drugs..$$$$..and i wonder is looking at porn hours a day conidered internet addiction or sex addiction.

Randall Parker said at January 15, 2012 12:05 PM:


You've brought up a double addiction. Surely there are others.

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