Could Internet Addiction Be Ruining Your Diet?

June 10, 2020 by  

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Too much of anything is a poison, but have you ever thought that you might be spending too much time on your computer?  Apparently some psychologists have too, since they’ve not only coined a term for it (Internet Addiction Disorder) but are arguing for it to be included in the DSM as its own psychological disorder. 

The proponents of the theory argue that IAD can be an addiction that has the potential to destroy relationships and foster social anxiety.  The criteria they use for diagnosis is pretty much copied and pasted from gambling addiction, which is apparently the most similar disorder they could find that didn’t involve substance abuse. 

Others, however, see internet use as nothing more than harmless socialization, just through a different modality.  To them, any psychological disorders that one would develop from overusing the interweb could be attributed to exacerbation of existing disorders.  The fact that the internet is relatively new and that there’s only a handful of studies done on IAD so far doesn’t help either side substantiate their claims, but regardless of whether or not you think it is a legitimate disorder, there have been a good number of studies done that have identified a causal relationship between internet use and social anxiety.

One of these studies, done a couple years ago by two professors from Monash and Swinburne University in Australia, found that although the subjects’ social anxiety about online interactions had decreased with excessive internet use, they conversely showed higher levels of anxiety in real life social situations. 

As we all know, anxiety releases the “stress hormone” cortisol, which causes your liver to release glucose, your muscles to release amino acids, and all sorts of things that aren’t really important as long as you know that it causes weight gain and diabetes if you let it get bad enough.  So with this in mind, you could say that spending extended periods of time on the internet can increase your social anxiety, in turn causing your catabolism to increase along with your blood glucose and insulin levels, leading to weight gain. 

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