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Old 03-21-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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No I can't.
The stress and anxiety that not having those things causes me it unbearable.
Like today the internet wasn't loading on my phone so I disconnected from the T-Mobile network and tried to connect back and it couldn't even find my network, all that came up was verizon. I was at work and had no way of googling the tmobile customer service line and couldn't get a hold of anyone to call to ask them to google the number, this kind of number can't be found in a phone book.

I felt so helpless.
The internet is where I go to find everything out. Sure, I could go to a library and try to find it in a book but what if I need to know something after the library closes?
My iPod is for music, music its self is not technology, its an art, enjoying music is something no one should go without.
And my cell phone, I use that to keep in touch with people, people think its so impersonal and makes you anti-social but i'm using it to talk to people when I can't be around them.

I felt so stressed when my phone crapped out and when I couldn't find a way to fix it and had no way of getting the information to help myself. Worst feeling ever.

Sure I like my down time, I have plenty of quiet time, I "unplug" sometimes and around certain people, I do read books but take my technology away and you might as well shoot me in the forehead.
Sounds just like a drug addiction to me.

One of my friends was doing a paper on that. It turns out that that text messaging produces the same chemicals in the brain that cocaine addiction does.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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Sounds just like a drug addiction to me.

One of my friends was doing a paper on that. It turns out that that text messaging produces the same chemicals in the brain that cocaine addiction does.
I just repped you so I can't again.

People can get addicted to pretty much anything. This particular poster's name, in the context of what she is talking about, is pretty revealing. Most of us choose a user name that either defines us or has a special meaning to us.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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I just repped you so I can't again.

People can get addicted to pretty much anything. This particular poster's name, in the context of what she is talking about, is pretty revealing. Most of us choose a user name that either defines us or has a special meaning to us.
I don't even text all that much anymore anyways.
I send/receive maybe 5,000 a month.

But I don't think people who spend a lot of time texting or online talking to people are addicted. Granted computers have been around as long as I have been alive, cellphones even less and texting isn't all that old in the grand scheme of things, its NEW and EXCITING and you can talk to people all over the world and search anything and google everything and open your self up to so much information out there.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:51 PM
 
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I don't even text all that much anymore anyways.
I send/receive maybe 5,000 a month.

But I don't think people who spend a lot of time texting or online talking to people are addicted. Granted computers have been around as long as I have been alive, cellphones even less and texting isn't all that old in the grand scheme of things, its NEW and EXCITING and you can talk to people all over the world and search anything and google everything and open your self up to so much information out there.
If you go through stress and anxiety when these things are not available, txt, you are addicted.

I spend a lot of time online, but I don't get upset, stressed or anxious when I cannot get online. I was just gone on vacation without access for a week and did not even think about it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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If you go through stress and anxiety when these things are not available, txt, you are addicted.

I spend a lot of time online, but I don't get upset, stressed or anxious when I cannot get online. I was just gone on vacation without access for a week and did not even think about it.
I've gone without the internet too.
But a cellphone is a different story.
Being trapped at work for 8 hours and having NO source of entertainment or a way to text my friends scares the crap out of me. I have a severe fear of boredom I guess.

If its an addiction....I can live with that, I can't live without it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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I've gone without the internet too.
But a cellphone is a different story.
Being trapped at work for 8 hours and having NO source of entertainment or a way to text my friends scares the crap out of me. I have a severe fear of boredom I guess.

If its an addiction....I can live with that, I can't live without it.
Frankly, I don't turn on my cellphone that often. I turn it on when I am out so that my family can reach me or in case of an emergency. I am old enough to remember not only when cell phones were not an option, but when home phones were party lines.

I like being unreachable sometimes and wish I could do more of that. Things that people consider necessities nowadays are luxuries, imNsho.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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I am 2/3 through reading "The Winter of Our Disconnect" By Susan Maushart and at every page I keep thinking that every parent of teenagers should read it.

It is the journal of an American single mother who lives in Australia with her 3 teenage children and her decision of removing all technological gadgets (computer, tv, ipods, wii, etc.) from their home for 6 months.

She alternates the everyday journal with statistics and results from different studies on the effects of too much technology on teenagers. Very compelling and informative.

Here is a link to one of the many reviews I found on the book.

Byron Bay Writers Festival - Review of The Winter of our Disconnect by Susan Maushart (http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au/v1/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=642&Item id=52 - broken link)

Has anybody else read it?

No, I haven't read it but I can relate. Although we still have the computer, iPod and Xbox, I do put the satellite on hiatus from January to June. My son knows no TV for 6 months...and after about the first month we really don't miss it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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No, I haven't read it but I can relate. Although we still have the computer, iPod and Xbox, I do put the satellite on hiatus from January to June. My son knows no TV for 6 months...and after about the first month we really don't miss it.
Why not just put the tv on hiatus during the summer?
That way while its super cold out you can sit inside and have things to enjoy...
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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Why not just put the tv on hiatus during the summer?
That way while its super cold out you can sit inside and have things to enjoy...
Super cold out? Her location says Southern California. People go outside all year here.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Super cold out? Her location says Southern California. People go outside all year here.
And that's where I need to be right about now!
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