Some psychiatrists have been pushing to have Internet addiction officially classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association, and provides a common language for therapists, researchers, drug companies, health insurers, and policy makers.

An editorial in Psychology Today magazine argues against Internet addiction making it into the DSM.

Guest: Clinical psychologist Todd Essig, PhD

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The Apple iPad: Is it a computer?

Some argue it’s not, citing the lack of a keyboard, a limited operating system, and the fact that users can’t get under the hood and tinker. But the iPad does have a CPU, memory, and lot of other computer-y components.

Whichever way you go on the iPad-as-computer question, there’s no doubting that our concept of the computer is changing as technology permeates our lives more and more.

Guest: Dwight Silverman

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A recent study finds that college students who use lots of “textisms” in their everyday electronic communications tend to perform a little worse in formal writing tasks – but are better informal writers.

In this study, “textisms” are abbreviations, acronyms, intentional misspellings, incorrect punctuations and the like that are commonly used in text messages and in instant messaging.

Guest: Larry Rosen, California State University

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