6 New Personality Disorders Caused by the Internet

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  1. darkside profile image70
    darksideposted 14 years ago

    Interesting round up of the certain unhinged character types you'll come across online, particularly in forums.

    Though what's missing is the Online Multiple Personality Disorder. In real life it's called Dissociative Identity Disorder.

    But then again these are the "new" ones. I'm sure if there was a list of old ones OMPD would be #1.

    1. getpaidtopost profile image41
      getpaidtopostposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You are so right with this, feelings come out in words, often face to face people would hold back in what they say in fear of offending, I have noticed my self, if I have a bad day at work ill come home and purposely look for something that annoys me just so I can reply and give them siht. it seems the forum is the new age punch bag. I do this without even noticing then i look the next day and i think, Maybe i was a little nasty with my choice of words. So if I ever offend anyone on here please just tell me to shutup and ignore the nastiness.

      Maybe I have this Online Multiple Personality Disorder. big_smile

      1. darkside profile image70
        darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Do you have more than one HP account that you've used to attack people, have conversations with yourself, pretend you've been really busy in the offline world but really haven't, because you've been posting as other people?

        If you've answered no to all those, then you don't have OMPD.

        But you may have Online Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

        1. getpaidtopost profile image41
          getpaidtopostposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          No but i talk to my dog does that count? wink

    2. profile image0
      Iðunnposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Cute piece by cracked, but will say the internet doesn't cause the illnesses.  Just that socially inadept people make up the majority on discussion boards.

      MPD didn't make it because it's listed under sockpuppets and Munchausen by Internet.  Faking being different people with a manipulative motive isn't MPD and falls under sociopathy and is rather unique to the internet because they can't do that in real life.

      In real life the same sad freak who doesn't have any real life friends because of their extreme personality disorders, can't present as 40-100 people having conversations with themselves, fanning themselves, and attacking others as a group in a forum.

      DID is an actual illness and what you would probably see from a real dissociative online is that they aren't there.  One part of them does internet and that part is around and then whoops, gone for a long time while other parts do other activities.  What you won't see is someone making multiple screennames being multiple people.  It's a disorder of memory, they couldn't keep all those names straight to save their lives.

      I know a woman who was writing her own obit for her upcoming death online (Munchausen's) and she was going to list her many many online friends as survivors - 'she is survived by kitty101, brutussux and phatgurl4u'.  She didn't get that people don't write their own obits, because they are like, dead or that obits follow a pattern and list real life survivors.  Lives completely in fantasy on the internet.  Some kind of a delusional disorder.

      There are people the internet is their whole lives because their lives suck so suddenly you start hearing stories about how President Bush gave their dying anorexic sister CPR while he was over for dinner because she had cardiac failure in the attic where her parents locked her in for the sin of being a ballerina.  (That's "Flowers in the Attic" mixed with... well, I don't know what).  That one upmanship quality plus a need for pity, attention whores no one talks to in real life and why would they?

  2. frogdropping profile image78
    frogdroppingposted 14 years ago

    Sock Puppets R Us getting a mention again.

    Oh happy days.

    I don't know Darkside. Wouldn't it be utterly fab if someone just went right ahead and said it as it is. Named names. Diagnosed hubbers and dared to publish.

    Perhaps someone would like to step up?

    1. darkside profile image70
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Diagnosis is the easy bit.

      Treatment of it would be so much harder.

      Though switching off the computer would probably help.

      1. frogdropping profile image78
        frogdroppingposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Ahh but where's the fun in that? Personally I think hubpages can be great for your health. Nothing quite like getting your gander up and pumping the old sticky stuff around your pipes.

        I'm told raising your heart rate is a good thing smile

  3. love my yorkies profile image59
    love my yorkiesposted 14 years ago

    Don't want to be the one to diagnose but wouldn't mind getting some free couch time if someone could tell me what's wrong with me, in their opinion.   Think it would be a hoot!!!  Aside from the fact that I live in my own little world and like it there (cause reality is a very nasty place and don't like it much).

  4. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 14 years ago

    The article is hilarious.

  5. Mrvoodoo profile image57
    Mrvoodooposted 14 years ago

    "Jimmy, go away, you're a retard" lol

    Oh they're all here alright, it does make me wonder which one I am though, shit hang on, I'm Jimmy aren't I... big_smile

  6. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    Least you don't see dead people tongue lol

  7. profile image0
    HubTubposted 14 years ago

    I am sure some psychiatrist out there could refer to the DSM-IV and find at least six, if not more, personality disorders attributed to being an Internet addict    big_smile

  8. Maddie Ruud profile image72
    Maddie Ruudposted 14 years ago

    I'm not sure these disorders are caused by the internet.  The net's just a medium that makes them more apparent.

    1. darkside profile image70
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know about that. Some people may never ever display these symptoms in real life, but as soon as they get online it becomes second nature.

      Strictly speaking, you are correct. At least to a degree.

      I'd like to think of myself as not being a killer, and I don't have it in me. But I'm sure if there were a bunch of contributing factors (such as my family being in harms way) it could cause me to do something that resulted in the unnatural and premature expiration of the threatening force.

  9. dineane profile image70
    dineaneposted 14 years ago

    I might get snipped for self-promotion - but the timing is irresistable - more hublove for you, Darkside!

    LOL - guess I can't get snipped if I forget the link :-)

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Dont-be-Troll-B … ow-to-Lurk

    1. darkside profile image70
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I enjoyed the read!

  10. Beth100 profile image71
    Beth100posted 14 years ago

    Does this go along with being sane or insane????  But wait, who's saying that?  tongue

  11. HealthCare Basics profile image60
    HealthCare Basicsposted 14 years ago

    Internetitis- constant viewing of your hub pages.

    Myitis- judging your hubs to views per page.

    criticalitis- now thinking of changing your article for views.

    Commentitis- answering all comments even when they are negative.

    Homeitis- being on the computer and answering forums.

    Selfitis- confident in being a writer and hubber.


  12. anime_nanet profile image60
    anime_nanetposted 14 years ago

    Quite an intersteing Article Darkside!

    Full of witty remarks and spot on!

  13. profile image49
    badcompany99posted 14 years ago

    I talk to myself in my real life but mainly for one reason, so that as I get into bed at night I can safely say I have had one intelligent conversation in my day instead of half the utter crap I do listen do.

    Hmmm bit like half the utter crap I read I guess smile

  14. Davinagirl3 profile image61
    Davinagirl3posted 14 years ago

    I talk to myself, but I have ADD, so I don't remember half of it.  I hope I don't have any brilliant insights, because if I do... POOF!

  15. Pete Maida profile image61
    Pete Maidaposted 14 years ago

    There is a lot of talk about the bad things that the Internet and especially social networking sites can do.  There are some good things also.  It levels the playing field for people that have problems socializing in the real world.  People with have handicaps that limited their mobility and people that may not be accepted into a discussion on sight.  Let's face it the final discriminator in the world will be based on looks.  The cyber world lets everyone play.

    1. profile image0
      Iðunnposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I'll cede the social mobility but the comments on appearance are out of left field.  Who said anything about appearance?  I don't want to talk to compulsive liars or dangerous psychopaths offline or online and it's just a lot easier to see that offline which takes some areas out of the field of being lied about than online where they can pull that scam off for a while. 

      I don't WANT an even leveler playing field for psychopaths, they have enough of a start on us by playing with no morals or ethics.  Adding anonymity to that gives them an unfair advantage.


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