Thursday, December 14, 2006

This Drives Me Nutz!

Employee Sues IBM For "Internet Addiction"

By his own admission, James Pacenza was spending too much time in Internet chat rooms, in some of them discussing sex. He goes so far as to call his interest in inappropriate Web sites a form of addiction that stems from the posttraumatic stress disorder he's suffered since returning from Vietnam. Whatever it's called, Pacenza's chat-room habit cost him his job.


But cases like Pacenza's, which involve Internet misuse, may no longer be quite so simple, thanks to a growing debate over whether Internet abuse is a legitimate addiction, akin to alcoholism. Attorneys say recognition by a court—whether in this or some future litigation—that Internet abuse is an uncontrollable addiction, and not just a bad habit, could redefine the condition as a psychological impairment worthy of protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This kind of stuff drives me nutz! People need to beat this back NOW, or every nanny state-sniveling-Democrat-victimologist-in-jammies will be hopping on this bandwagon, in a head long rush!


Anonymous teller said...

Addiction does not START as a disease. However mindless it may make you later, the first drink, toke, hit--the process is on you. That you have habituated your body to a substance, so that you need it to avoid withdrawal, that is not a disease. Your withdrawal symptoms ARE a medical problem, however. But the mind is involved more than the body.

You have thought your way into an addiction through wanting escape or in denial. You must now practice distress tolerance, and new skills you missed because you were high, learning to think your way out of it.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

What? You mean I'm addicted to the internet?

Whoo-hoo! I just won the litigation lottery!


11:07 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

oh more litigation ..yipee!..what a joke..does personal responsibility mean anything?..guess not!

11:46 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Brooke--You are so funny! Yeah, I can see a summer home coming outta this thing!

12:38 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

No, Angel, people haven't got any damn sense left--can I sue because I'm too NORMAL... that's all that hasn't been disease-ified!

12:39 PM  

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