Coming Soon in DSM-V

My column today includes a reference to something that in the rough draft I called Social Networking Aversion Syndrome. When time came for revision, "Aversion" seemed not quite right, so I changed it to "Fatigue."

A quick search of Google just now shows that other people have already referred to SNFS -- one of them having done so a couple of years back.

This came as a surprise (my draft was the first time I recall seeing it used) though on reflection it shouldn't. After all, I knew other people had to be experiencing it.

Meanwhile -- by another and somewhat stranger coincidence -- today Bill Kristol is convinced that Alaskans would not try to find Sarah Palin in DSM:

Is there any real chance that "several" Alaskans independently told Purdum that they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? I don't believe it for a moment. I've (for better or worse) moved in pretty well-educated circles in my life, and I've gone decades without "several" people telling me they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Better not to pluck the low-hanging fruit here about what counts as an intellectual among Republicans in Washington, DC and instead just point out that Borders carries DSM-IV now, and that there is one in Anchorage, where I bet at least some folks do try to diagnose their fellow citizens (for fun or for self-defense, possibly both).      
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