ADDICTED TO INTERNETS, Y’ALL!
(But srsly, think this whole thing is making us a little nutso? That’s our cover this week: How ‘connection addiction’ is re-wiring our brains.)
Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system, not a diabolical machine. It made people happier and more productive. And where was the proof otherwise?
Now, however, the proof is starting to pile up. The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.
Want more? Read: Is the Web Driving Us Mad?
Reblogged from Newsweek
- sentientblueberry likes this
- tangothelimevworpmango likes this
- jordanakauffman likes this
- juxtudruhh reblogged this from revolutionizeed
- owtfernowt likes this
- alexaserotica likes this
- galoor reblogged this from newsweek
- galoor likes this
- mynameistrevor22 likes this
- i11matic likes this
- c-rime reblogged this from ourparalleluniverses
- pickatmybrain reblogged this from newsweek
- burnagain likes this
- peace-beneath-thecity reblogged this from newsweek
- everythingsnotinteresting reblogged this from revolutionizeed
- cityaddict reblogged this from poptech
- wayofdaze reblogged this from newsweek
- wayofdaze likes this
- onandonandon reblogged this from newsweek
- datingisboring likes this
- carsports likes this
- cheapiphonecase likes this
- newsweek posted this
A speedy, smart summary of news and must-reads from across the web and around the Tumblrverse, brought to you by The Daily Beast.