When I tell you I’m addicted to Facebook, don’t just tell me “then stop using it”.
That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard… Do you really think if you told an alcoholic to stop drinking, it will do the magic?
Are we raising a generation of addicted techno tots? It emerged this week that a four-year-old needed psychiatric treatment for her iPad addiction. And half of all parents let their children use tablets or smartphones – yet 81 per cent of mums and dads worry about the psychological effect, with many tots throwing tantrums when gadgets are taken away.
Who’s the boss?
Until we figure out the best way to get to pure organic connectivity, I decided to test few things on myself.
In each test, I will try a small step that might help me regain the relaxed yet connected life I wish for myself and others.
One of the annoying things about the smartphone addiction is how it affects my mornings rituals. I’m an early waker. Always was, probably always will be. I wake up around 7AM whether or not I partied last night. Sometimes I wish I could sleep longer, but what can you do, no one is perfect…
China is doing it wrong. Policies for not using the web will not get people less addicted, but will lead them to find new ways to reach the Internet.
”You can forbid the internet, but young people will still find a way online,” he says, noting that this generation grew up with the computer. The only way to remove the attraction, Pi says, would be if peer pressure started to make it unfashionable to spend a whole day in front of the computer.”
Do you think it’s possible to make it unfashionable? Or even needed? I think not. The solution shouldn’t come from “use less”, it should come from “use in a smart way”
“A new study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany suggests that internet addiction is not only very real but can be linked to genetics! Researchers surveyed a pool of men and women concerning their internet habits. Of those surveyed, nearly 16% said the internet consumes their daily thoughts, and believes that their well-being depends on them signing on. When compared to the “healthy subjects,” researchers found the addicts were more likely to carry a genetic variation similar to nicotine addicts. Women were even more likely to have this gene mutation. Researchers feel that female susceptibility to internet addiction is increased by social networking sites such as Facebook.”
Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo rants about our constant need to check smartphones in public places.
Before Apple and Google took over the phone world, people were less attached to their devices and could go out to dinner or a movie without being distracted by their phones. Now, anywhere you go you are almost guaranteed to see someone using their phone to check Facebook, read emails, or send texts instead of socializing and interacting with the people around them.
Jon has fallen victim to this behavior but has found a fun and creative way to stop it…