I read this article last night, http://j.mp/9vOZfU, regarding addiction and technology. Very interesting! I have always known that addiction exists when it comes to technology, but the more you read about it, the more it astonishes you. It especially surprises me the extent people go to avoid taking responsibility for their addiction – suing the video game manufacturer because they didn’t adequately warn you of the possibility of becoming addicted? Not cool.
I do see how addiction to technology is possible in this day and age. I mean, we are always around computers. We utilize them for work, we get our news from them, we use them to research the perfect carrot cake recipe for a school fundraiser, we keep in touch with our grandma’s through them. It’s endless, and it’s only going to continue to increase as time goes on.
I do think that technology addiction takes many forms. It could be mild or it could be severe. You could be a construction worker who can’t get Farmville out of your mind and it affects your job performance, or you could be a mother of two who plays The Sims for three hours a night instead of helping your child with their homework. You could also be like those college students that they show on True Life who spend morning to night playing video games and fail all of their classes (or at least come close). It takes on many forms, and even the mild forms can affect you and your family.
In my experience, which is not with technology, but instead with Social Work, I would get so crazed about work that it really did resemble an addiction. I would lose sleep at night thinking about work and how I could solve problems that I was having there. I would come home and snap at everyone around me because I was so stressed out and thinking about work all of the time. It wasn’t healthy, and it wasn’t until I left that job and moved on to a different, much less stressful job, that I realized how much it had affected me. I was able to get away from that environment and “see the light”. But what about people with technology addictions? As stated above, technology is utilized for everything. How can you distance yourself from your addiction when you depend on it to make a living? Alcoholics can stay away from alcohol, and dieters can stay away from unhealthy situations, but if you depend on technology to keep your electric on, how can you do it? Technology addiction may actually be one of the worst addictions to suffer from, if you think about it.
Take time to turn off the computer today and enjoy your day!