Mental Health Monday–Cyber Dysfunctional Personality Disorder


My coworkers and I were discussing how much time we spend on social media sites. Since becoming a writer, I’ve delved into social media with enthusiasm (prior to writing, I barely touched my computer and rarely surfed the web) and haven’t once looked back.

Years later, I can’t imagine stepping away from the screen for any length of time.

And I know I’m not alone.

Urban Dictionary defines Cyber Dysfunctional Personality Disorder thusly:

Cyber Dysfunctional Personality Disorder (CDPD) is a non-hereditary, largely contagious, psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Those who suffer from this condition will go on to create tens, if not hundreds of accounts on social networking and video sharing websites such as facebook, myspace and youtube. They will then converse with themselves across their many accounts in a lame bid to create the impression that they are popular and sociable. Often they will use their various accounts to team up on other internet users who have shown themselves to be smarter than them, in a desperate bid to restore some pride. Currently there is no cure for this ever increasing psychopathic trend, but most sufferers give the game away within a week, such is their lack of concentration and intellect.
Note: The smilie and the excessive use of question and exclamation marks give it away.

Pretty dang accurate, yes?

Are you a cyber addict? When did you realize it?

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7 comments on “Mental Health Monday–Cyber Dysfunctional Personality Disorder

  1. I’ve definitely seen this sort of thing. Luckily, I seem to be immune to this disorder 🙂

    Social media has definitely changed the sociological and psychological dynamic between people. Perhaps schools should include classes on surviving social media or cyber-etiquette as well as cyber security to help the next generation better deal with living online.

  2. It will be interesting to see what will happen with this in the future. I find it amazing/disturbing to even watch my own family. In the evening, each member sits down in front of their own internet devices, concentrated in private, not real worlds. It takes a concious effort (which I do) to make sure this doesn’t become the norm.

  3. It’s easy to get caught up in the online world. No interest in multiple accounts or platforms though. It’s all I can do to keep up with blogging and Tweeting as me.

  4. Linda Gray says:

    Haha! I’m old enough to remember when chat rooms were the big (and only) thing that people could tap into to hang out online. I didn’t–had a v. young child etc. An acquaintance of mine from overseas asked, during that time, if I frequented any chatrooms. When I said no he responded “Oh, of course, you have a LIFE.” hmmmmm.

  5. IndigoSage says:

    Nope, not even close to being an addict. I find social media challenging to say the least. The introvert in me wishes there was an easier way to communicate without having to put myself out there. Having said that, those I do encounter online for the most part have been pleasant and kind. In more ways than one it has opened up a whole world of possibilities that might otherwise shunt my growth as a deaf individual. (Hugs) Indigo

  6. LOL! I’m afraid I find social media boring and a little irritating. I imagine the Urban Dictionary has a name for my condition, too.

  7. J E Fritz says:

    I’m not an addict. I can quit any time I want. I just don’t want to.

    At least I don’t talk to myself through multiple platforms. Yet.

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