Hooked on the Web?
If you've been reading this blog, you know by now that I really hate it when the news media trivialize science. This article is a good example of that. Addiction is a serious matter. I don't doubt that people who would answer yes to all of these questions have messed up lives, but to take the fact that a lot of people use the Internet all day and conclude that "6 percent to 10 percent of the approximately 189 million Internet users in this country have a dependency that can be as destructive as alcoholism and drug addiction" would be offensive if it weren't so stupid.
You have to wait until the 20th paragraph to learn that "there is little hard science available on Internet addiction." Better for the New York Times to have acknowledged that in the lead paragraph. Better still not to write the article at all.