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kwilliams
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:14 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Feeling stressed or anxious at an inability to access the Internet? Don't worry, you're not alone and now there's a word for it: "discomgoogolation".

Nearly half of Britons -- 44 percent -- are discomgoogolation sufferers, according to a survey, with over a quarter -- 27 percent -- admitting to rising stress levels when they are unable to go online.

"The proliferation of broadband has meant for the first time in history we've entered a culture of 'instant answers,'" said psychologist Dr David Lewis, who identified discomgoogolation by measuring heart rates and brainwave activity.

The term comes from "discombobulate," which means to confuse or frustrate.

"A galaxy of information is just a mouse click away and we have become addicted to the web," added Lewis. "When unable to get online, discomgoogolation takes over.

"It was surprising to see the stress this led to brain activity and blood pressure in participants both increase in response to being cut off from the Internet."

The survey also found 76 percent of Britons could not live without the Internet, with over half of the population using the web between one and four hours a day and 19 percent of people spending more time online than with their family in a week.

Forty-seven percent of those polled believed the Internet was more important in people's lives than religion, with one in five people paying the Internet more attention than their partner.

Commissioned by information service 118118, the YouGov poll questioned 2,100 Britons during the first week of July.

(Reporting by John Joseph; Editing by Steve Addison)

kwilliams
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:17 PM
I must say that whenever my connection goes down I do find it very frustrating, especially now that I'm living in Korea and the internet is my primary method of contacting home and I'm in contact with someone from home everyday.

Also if my connection was to go down while a Williams sister was contesting a grand slam that would drive me nuts also! I probably couldn't tell you the last time I went 24 hours without accessing the internet. It was probably last December when I was visiting New York!

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:17 PM
I have this 'discomgoogolate' feeling when I couldn't get to online for more than 24 hours.:scared:

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:21 PM
:lol: You guys should be grateful and then come to my country to experience our internet connection which sucks at its best.:o

LDF
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:25 PM
I have this 'discomgoogolate' feeling when I couldn't get to online for more than 24 hours.:scared:

Shocking.

;)

Kart
Sep 1st, 2008, 04:29 PM
It's another slow news day on Yahoo I assume.

kwilliams
Sep 1st, 2008, 05:31 PM
^ Actually it's not but I'm sure they want to foster the idea that people need the internet!

Kart
Sep 1st, 2008, 05:52 PM
^ Oh that wasn't a swipe at you mate (if it came across that way) I just saw it on Yahoo earlier.

Wigglytuff
Sep 1st, 2008, 06:35 PM
i get it when i dont have access it the internetS :) for more than 8 hours :help:

Sally Struthers
Sep 1st, 2008, 06:40 PM
If my cable internet goes out, within 20 seconds I am on the phone complaining. I know the number by heart! :o

Karolina_Sprem
Sep 1st, 2008, 06:50 PM
I must say that whenever my connection goes down I do find it very frustrating, especially now that I'm living in Korea and the internet is my primary method of contacting home and I'm in contact with someone from home everyday.

Also if my connection was to go down while a Williams sister was contesting a grand slam that would drive me nuts also! I probably couldn't tell you the last time I went 24 hours without accessing the internet. It was probably last December when I was visiting New York!
:hug:
:secret:
;)

Slutati
Sep 1st, 2008, 11:28 PM
discomgoogolated omg I can't even read the word :bigcry:

kwilliams
Sep 2nd, 2008, 03:59 AM
^ Oh that wasn't a swipe at you mate (if it came across that way) I just saw it on Yahoo earlier.

Yeah, I totally know what you meant and I didn't mean to sound defensive.

:hug:
:secret:
;)

Now you're just trying to make me paranoid!

Karolina_Sprem
Sep 2nd, 2008, 08:09 AM
Yeah, I totally know what you meant and I didn't mean to sound defensive.



Now you're just trying to make me paranoid!
:eek:
:sad:

A Magicman
Sep 2nd, 2008, 08:33 AM
As I am an information junkie, I guess that I am dicsowhatever, too. Some days ago I couldnt go online for 2 days cos some server of my provider was down and I got really pissed. :lol:

Lin Lin
Sep 2nd, 2008, 08:39 AM
first, I want to ask what does this mean when I saw the title.:lol:
As for the question, I'm afraid to answer yes.:sad: