Saturday, August 13, 2011

We've Got It Bad. Is That Good?

Some of you may have seen this from the L.A. Times. Funny and true.

Do you sleep cradling the phone? Sneak peeks at twitter during meetings? Shudder at going without Internet? You're not alone. // Anecdotally, our Internet use seems to have spawned real addictions. And, according to several recently released surveys, we've got it bad. // More than half of Americans would rather give up alcohol, caffeine and chocolate for a week before parting temporarily with their cellphones, according to a survey by technology firm TeleNav Inc.

Sorry honey

One-third would give up sex; 22 percent would give up their toothbrushes (versus 40% of iPhone users, who evidently love their phone more than clean teeth); and 21 percent would rather go shoeless before separating from a mobile phone. Sixty-six percent sleep with their smartphones by their side.

Coming down fast

University students who faced a daylong Internet and media blackout began to display symptoms of withdrawal, a recent survey by the University of Maryland reported. One student said she was "itching like a crackhead" after going cold turkey for 24 hours. "I truly feel sorry for the Amish," another opined. "I cannot even express how bored and out of touch with society I felt."

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