Are You Addicted to the Internet?
Ars Technica just reported on a very interesting (though hardly surprising) study. I’ll let you read the details over on Ars, but essentially the University of Maryland researchers found that taking away media connections from college students caused withdraw symptoms similar to drug addicts or smokers going cold turkey.
I have to say, I can totally see myself reacting the same way in this situation. We can only be one place at a time, but we like to interact with our entire circle of friends, family, and coworkers through cellphones, Facebook, email, and the like. Think about when you forget your cellphone and don’t have a computer on you. It’s not hard to feel lonely, isn’t it?
While I totally believe that we’re better off with these means of communication (would I be writing here if I didn’t?), you have to admit that growing up with these luxuries has essentially made us dependent on them. Really makes you wonder how our parents got by, eh?
Ever been on a tech detox, voluntary or otherwise? How did you fare? Let us know in the comments!
Via Ars Technica