Ah, the Internet. The world is in a click. Not sure about something? Google it. Couldn’t remember the cutie’s name you met at the club? Facebook a mutual friend. Life couldn’t get any easier with the access of Internet. The Internet is virtual God and everyone worships it. But too much of something is never a good thing. Pathological Internet use has been reported to have caused depression and here is a list of disorders the Internet could bring to us.
1. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
Orderliness and perfectionism controls the mind of someone suffering from OCPD. Everything has to be organized and in a pattern. When individuals with OCPD cannot regulate a pattern to decide something, he may consume a lot of time making a decision. They are easily upset, like say, when the restaurant provides a poor service, they could get unreasonably angry. On the Internet, these people are most likely to be a Grammar Nazi, for example, when they spot a guy who posted a comment using ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’, they would go ballistic and start bashing the poor guy.
2. Munchausen Syndrome
Sympathy-thirst. Some people may get irritated by people suffering from this syndrome but if it’s left untreated, it could get serious. Munchausen Syndrome is a disorder where affected people create lies to feign sympathy and attention towards them. A few people who were diagnosed with the disorder have shared their stories of how they created a few Facebook profiles saying they were suffering from a type of cancer just for public sympathy.
3. Internet Asperger Syndrome
When the quiet, well-mannered kid sitting at the back of your class gets behind a monitor and armed with a set of keyboards starts to cuss like a sailor on Internet forums; well, he could be down with the syndrome. Trolling, as most people would call it, acts like cheering on someone who thought about suicide or mocking a girl with low self-esteem just because.
4. Online Intermittent Explosive Disorder
This behavioral disorder is often seen through uncontrollable rage. I’m not saying the kind of rage where you flip over a table. This disorder is crazy rage where you don’t just flip the chair over, you flip over a whole buffet table. Someone suffering from this disorder gets flipped out at even the smallest of things.
5. Low Forum Frustration Tolerance
Now this is something most people could relate (or at least I can), say you’ve posted a picture of your favorite granola bars for breakfast captioned ‘living the healthy life!’, pretty sure the picture is like-worthy. You start refreshing your news feed every three minutes waiting for a like or a comment. That’s what it is like for the sufferers, getting anxious over a thread they started on a forum or a status update on Facebook.