Your are going to read an article about pastimes and the Internet. Read the texts carefully and complete the tasks.
Professor Alex Blaszczynski, a psychologist at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, specialises in impulse control disorders. He says that developing a strong interest in a particular pursuit, especially one where we collect things, is a normal human trait, and that there may even be some biological basis for hoarding behaviours.
‘An obsession, in layman’s terms, is an excessive preoccupation with an interest,’ he says. ‘When you’re talking about an obsession with trainspotting or another hobby, the person has an interest and spends a lot of time pursuing that. It’s not a disorder unless it is characterised by a failure to resist behaviour that causes harm to themselves or others.’
Take Internet obsessions such as online gaming as an example. Professor Blaszczynski says these are usually more of a problem for the subject’s nearest and dearest. ‘People around online garners may complain or say that they are spending too much time on these things, but that’s a value judgement,’ he says. ‘However, if a person finds that their hobby causes them to constantly neglect their family or work or other obligations, then it becomes more of an impulse control disorder.’
According to research conducted there, a fifth of all gamers develop a dependency on gaming. Obsession with this seemingly harmless pursuit can even be fatal: a Korean man died of heart failure after playing online battle simulation games almost non-stop for 50 hours.
Not necessarily. According to Bruce Arnold, director of Internet research consultancy Caslon Analytics, Internet obsessives are often sociable types engaged in rewarding personal exchanges. He points out that there is a long and respectable history of collecting strange objects and meeting other enthusiasts. Joining a community of like-minded people who are interested in the same subject can turn an otherwise solitary pastime into a rewarding, more communal activity.
Six paragraphs have been removed from the article. Choose from the paragraphs (A–F) the one which fits each gap (1–6). For the remaining questions, choose from the paragraphs (A–F); the paragraphs may be chosen more than once.
Read the complete article. Choose from the sections (i–v). The sections may be chosen more than once.