Monday, March 17, 2008

E-addiction ?

E-addiction? Why not? We can be addicted to coffee, medication, and Coca-Cola so why not the internet. In an article in the Windsor Star (March 17tth) Sharon Kirkey discusses this very relevant problem.

Docs citing e-addiction

"Compulsive e-mailing and text messaging could soon become classified an official brain illness. An editorial in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry says Internet addiction — including “excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations and... read more..."

How many of us used our electronic devices over the March Break to stay connected? Did you bring your cell phone with you on the beach? Did you check your email from an internet cafe while in the Bahamas? Is this a bad thing? Many questions that will surely spawn many different reasons why we need to stay connected. Will Richardson recently posted in his Blog on 130+ comments questions about whether we can be too connected , and too participatory for our own good? Well, this post generated 18 comments to date that seemed to say yes.

I think Balance is the key and the old adage "too much of a good thing" still holds true. If you want to go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors with an ipod or cellphone stuck to your ear that is your prerogative. The problem occurs when you rather not go outside at all because you can't find your ipod or would rather view the great outdoors on your new 52" plasma TV. Can compulsive texting or email become an official brain illness? I am sure it will but how much is too much? What will the solution be? Happy Texting!

1 comment:

margaret Palmer said...

My guess is that e-addiction is the only form of addiction in which one would use the actual addiction as a means of reaching out to those afflicted.
:o) Ironic eh?

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