I’ve been wondering about this… about myself. I spend an awful lot of time researching gadgets, virtual reality, AIs. I’m considering joining Second Life. I understand the difference between ‘crackers’ and ‘hackers’, and when I’m reading about ‘virtual reality’ as opposed to ‘simulated reality’. I’d rather chat online than in person.
I think these are really really funny (by Randy Glasbergen–click link):
Am I addicted? For a diagnosis, I went to Clara Moskowitz at LiveScience. Here’s her analysis:
How to Tell If You Are Addicted to Technology
By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 25 January 2008 03:51 pm ET
They’re not called “Crackberries” for nothing. Some people may be as addicted to Blackberries and other personal electronics as junkies are to drugs, according to John O’Neill, director of addictions services for the Menninger Clinic in Houston.
These over-wired people are so focused on their gadgets, they neglect relationships with other people, O’Neill said. Communication aids such as texting and e-mail may actually hamper our abilities to have more important face-to-face conversations.
But some experts object to labeling the techno-savvy as addicts without verifying that they meet the precise psychological definition of addiction.
* In 2006, psychiatrists at Stanford University surveyed people over the phone to try to determine how compulsively they used the Internet. They found a sizable portion of respondents displayed troubling tendencies, but could not determine whether their use merited a medical diagnosis and said more research needed to be done.
But some experts object to calling any excessive behavior “addiction.” (more)