Daily Mail Online headline: How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer


Do the Daily Mail and it’s online counterpart write these stories to create outrage or to write sensationalist nonsense? Perhaps it doesn’t matter, because it must work both ways. On the one hand, these kinds of stories sell papers/attract traffic and on the other hand it brings them publicity. Well, I’m sitting here writing about it, aren’t I?

So, today’s pile of old toot is about the possible link between social networking and cancer. Oh really. Now, I feel rather sorry for psychologist Dr Aric Sigman who mainly talks about how using Facebook and MySpace causes a decrease in face to face social interaction and how that might lead to socio-psychological issues.

To give the doctor an incredibly generous benefit of the doubt, it might…

Excessive Internet use and online gaming should be treated as mental disorder


Whoa that’s heavy! And you thought that spending ten hours a day online was a harmless pursuit? Hmm, well perhaps not.

An American Journal of Psychiatry editorial suggests that Internet addiction, defined as “excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging”, is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder which should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders publication, psychology’s official dictionary of mental illnesses…