New Book Argues that Many of Us Suffer from "iDisorder"

The New York Times has a book review of a new book called iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us about our alleged "addiction" to texting and mobile devices. I'm skeptical, but the book appears at least worth a quick read through. From the review:

The book’s chapters focus on mental health challenges linked to heavy technology use. They include how social media sites may spawn narcissism (no surprise there) and how constantly checking our wireless mobile devices (he calls them W.M.D.’s, a great acronym) can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Others look at how technology addiction can lead to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and at how all that medical data available online has created a class of people known as “cyberchondriacs.” Perhaps most interesting of all, Dr. Rosen examines how the constant use of technology may be rewiring our brains. One study he cites calls the impact on memory the “Google effect,” that is, an inability to remember facts brought on by the realization that they are all available in a few keystrokes via Google.

Read the entire review at The New York Times

Posted on May 13, 2012 .