Blame Your Parents For That iPod Lust
from the addict-alert! dept
Early adopters, fanboys and gadget freaks: it's not your fault. Apparently your need to have the latest and greatest shiny things is caused by your genes. Japanese researchers say that some people have a genetic predisposition towards neophilia, meaning they constantly need new things. What's perhaps most striking is how the article calls early adopters "victims", and says they have an "affliction" that's akin to "addiction disorders". Perhaps it's just an extension of labeling everybody an addict, but in any case, it shouldn't be too long before questionable treatments and cures for gadget lust -- since it's now an afflication, after all -- begin popping up. They'd better not use any electronics, though, so perhaps shock treatment's out.