Tech addiction? Really?

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The methodology of this latest study is also important to understanding, especially the question of when was the study conducted. I couldn't find the actual study itself, but I can't imagine many university students would be willing to unplug on a weekday while they're going to class, on a weekend near a mid-term or exam, or while they're reading or researching for papers - which is pretty much always.

It also makes sense that the students missed social networking. It's not that unusual given the popularity of Facebook and the way people have shifted from emails to posts. You also have to keep in mind that many university students are away from friends and family, some for the first time ever. No doubt they've made new friends as well, or have a few different social groups to keep tabs on. Some use it to communicate with classmates. Given all the things that we use technology for, is it really so unnatural in that context that students would feel the need to keep in touch?

Plus, the study doesn't seem to take into effect multi-tasking. Maybe you can't go a full day without your iPod, but does that really mean anything if you're listening to music while running on a treadmill or riding your bike, or if you plug it into your car stereo for your commute?

Put an unplugged senior citizen on a desert island, and they might miss the evening news, bridge clubs, their daily phone calls to friends and family members, the crossword puzzle, the newspaper. Put an unplugged teen on a desert island and they'll miss their Xbox, their cell phone, their computer and their flat-screen television. Six of one, half a dozen of the other...

I'm a huge fan of unplugging and playing outside but the reality is that my life, job and friends are wired in so many ways. I'd rather be out playing every day instead of staring at various lighted rectangles, but I live in the real world.


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