The Gadget Addiction Epidemic
from the fun-with-statistics dept
The addiction to calling people addicts rolls on, with the AP saying that a new poll reveals Americans are showing “early signs of addiction” to their gadgets. It says about half of computer and mobile phones say they can’t imagine life without the devices, while 40 percent of broadband users say the same about it — signs that people “are getting hooked” on new technologies. Of course, those numbers also mean about half of computer and mobile phone owners don’t think they’re essential, along with 60 percent of broadband users. It’s hard to understand why the idea that people enjoy new technologies and like to buy them — particularly right before the holidays — means America is a nation of tech addicts, and why it really matters, anyway. But the AP quotes a psychologist that specializes in internet addiction, so the problem must be real. It’s a good thing all those people are so attached to their broadband connections so they can get help for their problem online.