Forget Internet Addicition, Watch Out For Communication Addiction
from the psychologists-with-hammers dept
There’s a saying something along the lines of “when you have a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail”. I’m beginning to wonder if some psychologists are falling into that same trap. I already have some issues with the idea of “internet addiction”. Now, however, we’re being told that internet addiction is “just the tip of the iceberg”. We need to watch out for people with “communication addiction”. Yes, some people go overboard, and possibly need help. But, I do not believe that the internet (or any communications system, by itself) is an “addictive” substance. The other stuff in the article seems like blatant fear-mongering. It says that these communications addicts also often overeat, drink and take drugs – as well as gasp have unsafe sexual activity. Oh my goodness! Take away the internet! It’s causing “unsafe sexual activity”. This is a situation where the internet is being blamed for people who would appear to have other issues. But, then again, what do I know? I’m not a psychologist – and I’m sure you could find a few of my friends who would claim that I’m something of a “communications addict”.