December 16th, 2008
03:13 PM ET

Internet better than sex?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no denying that the internet has changed our lives. Information is just a click away and people get less sleep because they are logged on.

In fact, the internet is so popular that a lot of people prefer it to sex. Say what?

More than 2,000 adults were questioned in a survey by Harris Interactive. 46 percent of women said they'd rather give up sex for two weeks than give up internet access. Men, apparently, prefer sex a little more, only 30 percent were willing to practice abstinence versus losing their internet access.

But it's not just about sex - although without that hook we probably wouldn't have done this story. TV is loosing ground too... respondents said they'd be willing to give up two weeks of TV over one week of Internet use.

The survey was commissioned by microchip maker Intel to gauge America's reliance on the Internet. 87 percent of those questioned said the Internet saves them money - which could make the world wide web even more popular since we're in the midst of a recession and everyone is looking to save money any way they can.

Here’s my question to you: Which would you be willing to give up for two weeks: sex or the Internet?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Internet
August 1st, 2008
06:41 PM ET

Signs you’re addicted to the Internet?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/01/art.internet.ap.jpg caption="Pat from Lexington, Kentucky writes: 'I’m on CNN.com every weekday by 2PM and I miss you on weekends!'"]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Before you rush to your computer and onto the Cafferty File blog to write in to us, consider this: you may just be addicted to the Internet.

Medill News Service reports that the Internet has become an out-of-control habit for more and more people. In fact, experts say that Internet addiction is a growing psychological and behavioral problem.

It's estimated that 5% to 10% of Americans may be addicted to the Internet – that could mean as many as 30 million people. And, it's an even bigger problem in other parts of the world. As many as 30% of the people living in China, Korea and Taiwan may be hooked.

The head of an outfit called the "Center for Internet Addiction Recovery" says the main kinds of internet addiction are: cybersex, online affairs, online gambling, online gaming, compulsive surfing and eBay addiction. For young people, online gaming is a particular concern.

There are now even special centers to treat this growing problem. Call it Internet rehab. Experts say some patients need 30 to 90 days in-patient treatment, followed by additional care. Like any other addiction, they say it requires lifelong treatment. There are also nonprofit groups – like "Online Gamers Anonymous" – meant to help Internet addicts.

Here’s my question to you: How can you tell if you're becoming addicted to the Internet?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Internet
newer posts »