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  • By: Michelle Flood For: Social Impact of Technology Professor: Emily Brett
  • • What is neurosis? • What is Social Isolation? • Internet Addiction myth or reality? • Has technology created social isolation? • Has technology created neurosis? • Conclusion
  • Neurosis is defined as; A relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress (depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria) but not a radical loss of touch with reality.
  • Social isolation is defined as; The virtual absence of interaction with others, outside of that required to perform basic life functions–examples; food shopping, transportation, work, and entertainment.
  • Addiction is defined as: a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal. Internet addiction is more of an impulse control problem. This type of addictions occurs because a person cannot control their urges and find they are easliy lured away from their day to day tasks by the internet for what my become unreasonable lengths of time. Often, there are some deeper psychological problems, like depression, loneliness or anxiety, that underlie the addiction. Basically the internet is their means of escaping from their problems (Schachter, 2013).
  • A recent study has found that internet addiction has the same effects on the brain as cocaine addiction does. In fact scans of their brains white matter shows similarities to those who are addicted to crystal meth and cocaine (Kirkey.2012). This phenomenon is growing especially now with the addition of social media sites such as Facebook and twitter. As well we now have the capability of connecting to these sites anytime and anyplace via smartphones.
  • I think that it has, and here is why. When you hear the words social media what do you automatically think? It must be a place where we can socialize with others. At least that is what I think. Although social media sites such as Facebook and twitter have allowed us to become much more densely connected and networked together we are now more alone than ever before. This loneliness is making us physically and mentally ill. So it seems the more connected we are via the internet the more alone we have become as a society (Marche, 2012).
  • Over the past thirty years, technology has created a world in which we no longer need not be out of contact for even a fraction of a second. Even though we live in a world of instant communication, that is unbounded by the limits of time or space, we still suffer from unprecedented alienation. It seems that today we are more detached from one another and lonelier than ever before. In a world that has more means and ways of socializing than ever before, we have less and less actual society. We live in world that is a contradiction: the more connected we have become, the lonelier we are (Marche, 2012). Facebook allows us to connect in a way like never before but we are not really making those personal connections like we used to with face to face interaction.
  •  I think that the invention of these massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft has created a place where a person could certainly become lost in the game and forget about their responsibilities, their families and their life. These games have no end, they allow you to create a character and live in this world and interact with others who are playing this game from all over the world. These games are leading to more and more people who are addicted to the internet. Which leads to depression and isolation (Trenholm, 2013).
  • I have seen this happen to a family member, my bother in law. He become so involved in the game he was getting up at all hours of the day and night to play. He stopped going outside, he played the game non stop. When he stopped playing for a while he began to have panic attacks. He now has been diagnosed with panic disorder with agoraphobia. It was so bad for a while that my sister could not work as he was afraid to be alone. He is getting better with medication and counseling. I do not feel the game was necessarily the cause but I do feel it was a part of the problem and allowed him the ability to escape from what was bothering him for a while so that he did not have to face it.
  • In conclusion I do feel that technology has allowed us to be come less connected to society. We are much more alone than ever before even though we have the ability to connect with anyone at any time. We spend more time in front of a screen or texting on a phone than we do interacting face to face. I think we need to learn to disconnect from the internet at least a few hours a day and on the weekends and get back to connecting with the world around us and get back to nature and talking with each other face to face.
  •  Kirkey, S. (2012, January 01). Internet addiction has same effect as cocaine on brains: study. Retrieved from National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/11/internet-addiction-has-same- effect-as-cocaine-on-brains-study/  Marche, S. (2012, April 2). Is Facebook Making us Lonely? Retrieved from The Atlantic.Com: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook- making-us-lonely/308930/  Schachter, H. (2013, August 01). Click till you're sick: The growing problem of Internet addiction. Retrieved from Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on- business/careers/management/click-till-youre-sick-the-growing- problem-of-internet-addiction/article13536810/  Trenholm, R. (2013, August 06). Vidoe games should be made less addictive, say experts. Retrieved from Crave.CNET: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gamesgear/video-games-should-be-made-less- addictive-say-experts-50011911/