Internet linking us to social relapse and obsession

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The trend of Internet obsession in current society has been quickly creeping in for years.  It seems to be taking over all aspects of our lives.  According to Anthony Carboni of Discovery News, Internet obsession happens in the same parts of our brain that love gambling (Dvalidze).  The obsessive, or addictive part relates to gambling because pulling the lever on the gambling machine is the same as rolling the scroll button for our newsfeeds on Facebook.  He also mentions how the Internet is full of useless information that can waste our time, so we continue to browse and search because when we find what we seek, it’s a great feeling: a feeling comparable to that of winning while gambling (Carboni).

Another highly addictive part of the Internet and social media is when people take interest in your online activities.  There is a strong desire for popularity, for people to take interest in your posts.  When we post something on Facebook or Twitter, “likes,” “retweets,” “favorites” and comments make us feel really good (Carboni).  People publicly remark on our statements or activities, which means they must care, right?

Well, either way, I don’t think it should mean as much to us as it does.  David Wygant of the Huffington Post makes an excellent point in his article entitled “Is Twitter and Facebook the end of Society?”  He discusses the lack of personal contact most people face on a daily basis compared to how often we socialized just a few years ago, “we’ve become a society that’s so reliant on technology we’ve forgotten how to communicate with each other” (Wygant).

There is a definite issue with people not being able to part with their smart phones or computers.  Whether it is because they are afraid they’re missing something important happening, they are trying to avoid an awkward situation, or they just feel uncomfortable without a phone in their hands, it is all unhealthy for their social skills, eyes and creativity.

Sources:

Dvalidze, Irina. “Where Internet Addiction Comes From (VIDEO).” The Huffington Post.

28 May 2013. Web. 02 Oct. 2013.

Carboni, Anthony. “Discovery News.” DNews. Discovery News, 30 May 2013. Web. 02

Oct. 2013.

Wygant, David. “Is Twitter and Facebook the End of Society?The Huffington Post.

N.p., 11 July 2013. Web. 02 Oct. 2013.

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One response to “Internet linking us to social relapse and obsession”

  1. bunglinghousewife says :

    It’s true that the internet seems to be taking over our lives these days and replacing healthier forms of interaction, but you have to look at the pros as well. As a housewife in a relatively
    Conservative society, I can’t go out or meet friends as much as I would want, in which case the internet (especially FB and twitter) allows me to stay in the loop as it were. There’s nothing more depressing then sitting at home all day with no one to talk to. >.<

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