1. A US navy man who used Google Glass technology for up to 18 hours a day is believed to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder. Since he started using Google Glass two months ago, he said he was irritable and angry without it and claimed to visualise his dreams through the device's grey window. The case raises questions about our dependence on the internet and technology and how our "real" world is inextricably linked to the digital.
  2. Internet addiction is not currently an official disorder. Recently, it was included in the 2013 edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a condition for "further study".
  3. Yet in some countries, many children are considered internet addicts. Of the 2.7 billion internet users today, 70 per cent are online daily. Reportedly, more than half a million children in Japan, between the ages of 12 and 18 are addicted to the internet. South Korean children rank last in a wordwide happiness survey, a statistic many argue is linked to stress that comes with internet addiction. China, Taiwan and Korea treat troublesome internet use as a national health crisis and fund treatment centres and promote various interventionist techniques.
  4. This New York Times documentary shows a treatment centre for young Chinese men "addicted" to the internet.
  5. China's Web Junkies: Internet Addiction Documentary | Op-Docs | The New York Times
  6. The Al Jazeera Correspondent documentary 'My Digital Addiction' highlights this very issue with journalist Phil Lavelle, who travels to the countryside around San Francisco, USA to experience a "Digital Detox" or a retreat from using digital technologies.
  7. Al Jazeera Correspondent - My Digital Addiction promo
  8. In a workshop organised by She Knows, a group of girls discuss FOMO, or the "Fear of missing out" amongst other forms of what they say is social media-induced anxiety.
  9. Workshop Topic: Social Media Anxiety - Hatch
  10. Companies like Coca Cola address the addictive nature of social media in their advertisements.
  11. The "phantom vibration syndrome" is considered another sign of our increased connection to our cell phones, when one imagines that their phone is vibrating in their pocket.
  12. 5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now
  13. Many, however, disagree about the seriousness of this issue. Some argue that reliance on technology is natural in the modern world, much like dependence on lenses for the eyes. Others say the Internet is not "addictive", rather it is "compulsive" or "distracting" and its immediacy and speed encourage more people to spend time on it.
  14. Amber Case, an anthropologist explains how human beings are all actually cyborgs, defined as "an organism 'to which exogenous components have been added for the purpose of adapting to new environments'".
  15. Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now
  16. The Stream asked its community if they or others around them were digital addicts.
  17. Others discussed the impact of using too much social media.
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