Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 20, 2011

Are We Computer Addicted? A 1997 Prediction


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ARE WE COMPUTER ADDICTED? A 1997 PREDICTION

     …the term (Internet-addiction) was coined as a joke by New York City psychiatrist Ivan Goldberg, who was astonished that people took him seriously. “There ain’t no such thing!” he would howl to journalists…

…Yes, it is true that many people use the Internet for hours on end; and yes, it is true that a small percentage of those people go overboard,…But these people aren’t addicted, certainly not in the way that alcohol, drugs or cigarettes cause a measurably physical craving. Nor can you compare the Net’s lure to gambling and overeating fixations: those are destructive activities, and the Net is not. “Using the Internet,” writes psychologist Storm A. King, “is no more inherently addicting than any other human activity that someone might find pleasure-producing, valuable, or productive.”

     To anyone who even vaguely understands the direction in which the Internet is taking us, this should be obvious. The attempt to get excessive online time classified as an official disorder misses the bedrock of reality: the Net is going to be a pervasive yet unobtrusive force in our lives It will become the medium by which we keep in constant contact with our families, watch television, dash off a note to a friend, check the traffic, read the newspaper, prepare a report for work, make a phone call, buy a book. The Internet is destined to become so ubiquitous that the novelty of its usage will fade into the background. It’s going to be almost as common as breathing.

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     The above was excerpted from a Dec. 30/Jan. 6, 1997 issue of Newsweek (page 52).

     Almost fourteen years of Internet evolution later, would you agree or disagree with this article? Explain. Use the comment box at the end of this post for your argument.

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