There's a new 'Internet Deprivation Study' that's been published that writes about internet withdrawal.
People who participated in the study were deprived of the internet for two weeks, and found themselves experiencing 'withdrawal and feelings of loss, frustration and disconnectedness.' Of 1,000 web addicts, it was found that 48 per cent of respondents could not go without the internet for two weeks.
"The internet has become, to some, the ultimate symbol of modernity to the point that participants were hobbled without convenient access to routine information like maps and telephone numbers. The pervasive nature of the internet is such that participants often forgot or lost the desire to use 'old fashioned tools' like the phone book, newspapers and telephone-based customer service." (I miss my World Book Encyclopedia).
Wenda Harris Millard writes "This study is entirely indicative of the myriad ways that the internet, in just ten short years of mainstream consumer consumption, has irrevocably changed the daily lives of consumers. This is true to the extent that it was incredibly difficult to recruit participants for this study, as people weren't willing to be without the internet for two weeks."
Is the internet really an addiction? And is this necessarily a bad thing? Also, Is there the danger of forgoing real human contact in favor of the virtual world?
I would like to know your thoughts.