Our Gigantic Impulse Control Disorder


Ignore the message on the screen. Ignore the message...

A couple of weeks ago, blogger Chris Brogan asked: “Are we addicted?”  He wasn’t talking about narcotics, coffee, cigarettes or Twilight merchandise.  He meant the Internet.

Let’s ignore for the moment that the question was posed by a man who seemingly lives on the web 24/7 (and some would argue is made of pixels rather than flesh and blood) and dive into the question more deeply.

I think addiction is the wrong word to describe our Internet compulsions and behaviors.  Perhaps we should called it our collective “impulse control disorder.”  But no matter how we label it, there’s little doubt that many individuals find themselves unable to resist the lure of the Internet.  It clouds their judgment, disrupts productivity and leads to impolite behavior.

The following scenerios are becoming quite common in corporate environments.  Has any of the following signs of Internet addiction happened to you?

Scenario #1

You are engaged in conversation with a colleague when suddenly he pulls out his Blackberry (or iPhone), tunes you out, and starts to scan emails.  He continues to nod and chime in with non-committed verbal cues.  You try to finish your thought, but you simply sputter off and wait for him to finish.  He seems to become annoyed that you’ve halted and says, “Go on, I’m listening.”

So you start to talk again, but without any eye contact, you feel as if you’re talking to a wall.  Then he starts to answer the emails, his thumbs moving at blazing speed.  So you offer to catch up with him later when he’s not busy.  He gives you a glare instead of an apology.

Scenerio #2

You are presenting to a group of executives in a conference room.  After about five minutes, you notice that most of the audience is reading and answering emails on their mobile phones or working on their laptops.  The multi-tasking continues throughout the presentation.  At the end, when you call for questions, you get several – all of which were specifically addressed in your presentation.  You are forced to backtrack and go over the material again.

Scenerio #3

You are presenting at a trade show/conference.  Everyone is Twittering.  No one is paying attention.

Scenerio #4

You receive an email from a client or a co-worker.  Less than five minutes later, your phone rings and the email sender demands: “Have you read my email yet?”

Scenerio #5

What if you held a conference call with participants from around the country and everyone muted their phones and cruised the Internet and email while pretending to listen?  Does that actually count as a conference call?

Scenerio #6

Do you start sentences with: “Good question, I just wrote a blog post on the very same topic…”

Do you have any examples of how Internet addictions have effect the work day?  Your personal life?  Do you find it impossible to go through the weekend without checking email?

Links:

Chris Brogan’s post: “Are We Addicted.”

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109 Responses to “Our Gigantic Impulse Control Disorder”

  1. I HATE scenario #5 lol this happens to me all the time. I’m like chill, you sent it 10 mins. ago lol

  2. I HATE scenario #5 lol this happens to me all the time. I’m like chill, you sent it 10 mins. ago lol

  3. I work at a company that hands blackberries out like dentists give away toothbrushes. Recent studies have shown that humans do not multitask nearly as well as we think we do (google “studies on multitasking). I think the fact that many companies restrict access to facebook is a testimony to our own insight into our internet impulse disorder.

  4. I’ve found that I can’t pull myself away from the computer at night when I really should have been in bed houors ago!

  5. Scenario #1 makes me feel uncomfortable. You just feel like an object, like the radio ones put in the background to keep going.
    Scenerio #2 annoys me because it streches already painful meetings or delays class presentations.
    The sentence of Scenerio #6, I often think it to myself but never say it out loud. I blog once a week but there is always a conversation that reminds me of a post I wrote. However, I never say for fear of sounding “geeky”. Guess I’m not that affected!

  6. I never computure on at night.I save my power.

  7. Internet is my life.

  8. It’s true! I lost power for 24 hours last week and had no idea what to do about my emails and such. Sad, no? So my girlfriend came over and we played cards in the dark and listened to music on a small speaker plugged into my iPod. Perfection.
    http://www.denwrites.com

  9. im 16 thats all we do is stay on the internet and cell phones we cant go a day without em …eyy we are teenagers deal with it :)

  10. Scenerio 1 kills me. You described it perfectly and literally as I read it, I was cringing. Not only does this bother me in the office though – actually it might bother me MORE out of the office – my boyfriend does it to me all the time! But what else can we expect from an electronic age?

  11. All of the scenarios seem familiar to my surroundings.
    This scenario may sound old; but a married couple are in the same house, only doing different things and keeping the communication going on chat messengers, funny, but can be nice hehe

  12. greenworldpeace14 July 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Wierd, I just did my science fair project on impulse control disorders. Boys are more prone to them than girls (or at least according to my project they are).
    And I hate scenario #1. I’ll be talking to somebody then all of a sudden, they get a text or something else that distracts them.

  13. everybody think they are not addicted but in fact, everybody is.

  14. I’m totally addicted to the internet, and to electronics in general, as are my kids. TV, Smartphones, Laptops, DSi, Wii, portable movie players, etc. have us all spellbound. My kids can’t be in the car for more than 20 minutes without needing some kind of electronic stimulation. Neither can I. It’s total over-stimulation. I wrote a post about The Over-Stimulation of Adulthood here: http://wp.me/pMAmz-1c Check it out!

  15. you totally hit it right on the kisser

  16. Great post. I find a lot of this sort of scary. Does everyone live in his/her own little universe now?

  17. Yes, I’m addicted. I will no longer stay in a hotel without free WiFi in the rooms. If you have a blog to “feed”, daily internet access is essential. I might not be reading YOUR blog if I wasn’t addicted…. North Coast Muse @ http://sally1029.wordpress.com

  18. Great blog. Numbers 2 and 5 happen to me all the time. Once at work a colleague was training a new employee and the employee was using her blackberry the whole time.

    The new employee did not last long with the company. Sadly many people are clueless on what is acceptable and what is not.

  19. I am addicted, please help

  20. LOL and you didn’t even mention internet porn….now that’s an actual addiction for some people!

    http://lawyergal.wordpress.com/

  21. Yup, I must agree I am an internet addict.

  22. I find it interesting how the oxymoronic syndrome that this creates is a reality where more people are networking, communication, adding 24/7 access into their professional/personal lives and linking their “inner-net” selves beyond physical boarders, while all along, we are so face deep into our laptops, Iphones, an what-name-you hand held gagets that we isolate ourselves from those around us.

    what about Scenerio #7:
    A full table of friends and family dining out to catch up and spend quality time while every single individual is focused on their cell phones (texting, facebooking, twittering,etc).

    The key is to connect and know when to disconnet. When to stop allowing turrets of the inernet intense involvement and know how to turn off these gadgets to tune into the immedate world around you.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts! (err, only after I have a full day of human interaction) :-)

  23. I think our society is addicted to technology. Not just have the internet at our fingertips but owning the next big thing that will have the internet at our fingertips faster, in theory making our lives better. Spending too much time in a virtual world does not make life better because you aren’t living.

  24. Is it ironic that I’m replying to this from my phone while at work?

  25. 3 things:
    1. I completely agree with Annette Scenario #7 is SUPER annoying – if you wanted to talk to your FB friends, or the person you’re texting you should have gone out with them, not me.
    2. Lawyergal and other readers might be pleased/shocked to know that social media has taken over porn as the #1 use of the internet – search YouTube for “socialnomics” for a great video
    3. My own impulse control disorder involved my relationship with google – I can not stand not knowing the answer to anything random that has popped into my head. I seriously do not understand how I survived, or generations before me survived simply not knowing.

    Great post!

  26. I have a friend who actually refuses to eat with us until we all turn off our mobile devices!!

  27. definitely .. I have this syndrome then .. :)

  28. I love this post! It’s so true that with all this multitasking, we just don’t do things as well as we could. Worse, it’s taking away some of our basic manners. At any restaurant, you’ll see people eating and talking and texting all at the same time. What ever happened to paying attention to the person in front of you?

  29. This couldn’t be more true. Regarding scenario #5, I know several people who will text message me and if I do not respond within seconds, twelve more text messages come through asking why I’m not responding and getting pissy with me. Drives me nuts!!!

  30. I’ve found that since I started blogging, reading blogs, texting, tweeting, etc, that my attention span is getting shorter and shorter. I notice it when I go to read a book, and it feels too long. This can’t be good. But I would never text while having a conversation with someone! People do this to me all the time – either they are addicted or I’m just really boring.

  31. So much communication is non-verbal i.e body language, eye contact etc, which explains why some of those descriptions ring true. Even if you have someone’s full attention the likelihood is that they will only remember a fraction of what you said. Few people have a natural ability to absorb every word spoken, and even if they do you can’t be sure they’ve understood the full meaning in the sentences you’ve uttered.

  32. cONGRATS ON BEING FRESHLY PRESSED Great Topic!!I think we need some etiquette in our technology usage. You’d think it would be commonsense, but of course it isn’t that simple. People as a whole have trouble using manners and etiquette just in their everyday lives, ie. holding doors, letting people get OFF elevators first, walking behind vehicles backing up,willy nilly, I know the pedestrian has the right of way but a driver also needs to back up out of a spot. So, this having been said, people, definitely should pay attention to LIVE things instead of the phone, no phones during meals, no texts when visiting with people, USE your HEAD if you have one. If you wouldn’t want someone to IGNORE you, don’t do it to someone else. A phone call IS NOT more important than live interaction, unless it is life or death. You can get voice mail afterwards!! Or read the text when you are done speaking with that person, DON’T BE RUDE!!!

    No one multi-tasks as good as they THINK they do!! Something always suffers! They just don’t realize it — it may be their JOB or their Friendships and they may find out TOO late to save them!!

    evelyngarone.com

  33. Great post, sad but great. I just read where a toddler was saved just in the nick of time from wondering off into the road, while both mom and dad sat on a park bench texting. I’m going to pat myself on the back because I put my phone away when spending time and caring for my 17 month old son. I think we are facing an epidemic addiction.

  34. Every scenario you listed is RUDE. Have observed all but the last one. Could get by without checking email but prefer to get my news from net.
    Don’t know what the answer is … think that the people who practice all that you’ve mentioned would still be rude if their toys were taken away. Good post.

  35. Great insights and additions everyone. Thanks for the comments.

  36. scandalousmuffin July 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    “Good question, I just wrote a blog post on the very same topic…” Bwhahahaha. Fact.

    I had to disable the email alert on my phone. Too annoying.

  37. Sensational! I’m so glad I’m not alone!!

  38. megumiwasframed July 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I thought I had an internet problem, but I’m not connected wherever I go. If I’m out with people, I’m not going to be surfing the web. It’s hard for me to believe that so many people are worse than me. It worries me a little.

    I’m still a college student, but I see this kind of thing all the time in classrooms. Students who sit on facebook chatting during lectures wonder why they don’t know the answers on quizzes.

    Of course, they feel they can always google the answers later.

  39. Great post! Well, great post, yes, but sad post, too. Meaning, it is unfortunate that we have to write about such disrespectful behavior from fellow human beings. If you are talking TO ME (or listening TO ME), then don’t answer your pager, cell phone, or some other internet-gadget, yet to be invented.

    The advent of miniaturized internet devices has sorely hurt the face-to-face interaction (industry?) and I look forward to the day when people would rather talk to me than send me an e-mail. :-)

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

  40. Great post–when you lay it out like this it really shows how rude and selfish the behavior is.

    I have to admit I’m guilty of Scenario 6–Just yesterday I did a blog post on the same thing!

    http://testazyk.com/2010/07/06/adventures-of-a-luddite/

  41. hahaha…I love scenario #…hold on a second…

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  43. that’s why i don’t have blackberry and will never have an ipod. it’s enough all day at the computer and evenings at laptop. at least i’ll have some reading or human interaction between job and home.

  44. How about when your friends all know about something that you don’t, because they’re all on facebook and you’re not? ERGH!!!!

  45. Great post! Definitely deserves a Freshly Pressed winner. This issue resonates with all of us. I’ve experienced all your scenarios above [and more] – and I admit I’ve been both the perpetrated and the perpetrator. I actually wish my office WOULD block access to social sites, YouTube & personal email accounts. My husband’s office does this, and their productivity is MUCH higher & stress level MUCH lower.

    As others have commented, I find my brain often participates virtually in real-world situations. It’s like being sucked into a MATRIX.

    Recently, I’ve started keeping track of all my accounts I have created – blogs, email, news sites, FB, twitter, photo & book publishing, e-greeting cards, online magazines, weight-loss sites, religious sites, etc etc. So far I have counted over 50, and it grows daily. I keep discovering more accounts that I forgot all about. I’ll go to a site and click “register” and find out I already did . . . this must be the modern definition of insanity!!

    One more office scenario to add to your list:

    No More True Vacation
    Seriously, my co-workers and I can’t afford to disconnect for longer than 24 hours. Any longer and there are simply so many emails and crises waiting we can’t keep up. In 24 hours I usually receive over 80 emails just to one account [I have 2 work e-mail accounts - one internal and one external] I never take a real “vacation”, even when away. I end up working, checking my email and often needing to respond – usually this requires a minimum of 1 hour per day – more often it’s 2 hours. I get no compensation for this because “officially” it is not allowed. Sadly, all of the bosses and coworkers in our office expect it of each other. Although we are not “legally” required to do this, it’s expected, and not being available while out of office, nor checking email at least once per day gets you a big black mark with the bosses. I’ve watched several lose their jobs over this, cited officially as “lacking productivity”, or they are making a “cut back” – but in reality it was because these coworkers did not use their Blackberry, or stay connected to the office 24/7. The mental/emotional/personal toll this takes is unmeasurable. It is also devastating to our family relationships.

  46. Hi Working Mom:
    I did a post about the end of vacations recently as well:

    http://hightalk.net/2010/06/01/has-the-web-ruined-vacations/

  47. Damn… number 6 is me all the way….lol

  48. I agree with this so much. Here’s a casual scenario to add to the list:

    You take a friend or significant other to a concert for their birthday. Spend a hefty chunk of change on two tickets to a band you both love, and the entire night the dark ambiance is broken by the glare of LCD screens pockmarking the crowd. You turn periodically and allow your growing rage to fester silently each time you see your guest emailing on her phone with no visual acknowledgment that the band is playing.

  49. Sheesh yeah I have a problem with the internet, it consumes my time. I sometimes look at the clock and wonder what I just spent 3 hours on! I can go an extended time without checking email… but during that time I would think of it a hundred times. I also find it hard to resist checking a message when I know it’s there… MSN used to drive me insane, you see that blinking bar and it’s agonizing not to look at it

  50. know by heart July 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I definitely agree with izziedarling’s comment above— this behaviours is not only problematic from an impulse-control perspective… it’s downright RUDE!
    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we hear a lot of people talking and writing about “internet addiction,” right in tandem with other bemoaning the loss of manners in contemporary society. time to get ourselves under control!

  51. I find myself regularly guilty of the following:

    http://xkcd.com/490/

    This one also happens to me quite a bit.

    http://xkcd.com/77/

    Some people would argue that people lead a second life on the internet. I would submit that the internet has become an integral aspect of any 40 something or younger individual. There are times I have attempted to wane myself off using the internet, but it always comes back, sadly.

  52. Ok, I like your post, but I think this is a situation where everyone is annoyed, yet everyone does some version of it and justifies why it’s ok for ‘them’ to do it.

    So we’re now all into being ‘green,’ wearing indie eyewear, and doing things just because the masses do it. What do I think we’re in the market for? I think we’re in the market for ‘tech isolation retreats.’ As silly as it sounds, I think some company will market this idea, setup a permeter of electronic jamming devices and pay people a heavy dime to stay the weekend cut off from anything wired.

    This is what I think Internet addiction will bring us to, which I didn’t say couldn’t be fun.

  53. adventuresomeentrepeneur July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I think you make several good points about our usage of the internet. Perhaps we need to start getting other hobbies? Good post by the way.

  54. Hang on… just a… okay, what was that?

  55. I agree that the internet and technology has become such a big part of our every day lives that it can’t be healthy. The younger the generation, the more dependent they are on technology. People camp with video games and cell phones, coffee breaks have been replaced with facebook/twitter breaks, cell phones have to be able to call, text, be a gps, and get on the web now, and being without a phone or somewhere that there is no service creates dissociation. There definetly is an addiction.

  56. If we are addicted to the internet already, imagine how we’ll be in 50 years.

  57. “Do you start sentences with: ‘Good question, I just wrote a blog post on the very same topic…'”

    Oh. My. God.

    I got safety through scenarios 1-5 and realized I JUST did #6 to someone the other day. And I only started writing a blog a month ago! Is that as bad as it sounds? :)

    Natina

    http://crosswordcharlie.wordpress.com/

  58. Hah it doesn’t get more ironic than blogging about internet addiction.

  59. this blackberry/internet on your phone is becoming a huge problem! not just in the corporate world, but among friends as well! you could be engaged in quite a serious conversation with your friend(s) and suddenly, there’s no eye contact, it’s just them, staring down at their phones, typing away. and yes, i do check my email/facebook/blog every few hours and if i spend a day without doing so, i feel as if i have missed sooo much! there is no way to sugarcoat this: it’s an addiction!

  60. I work all day long with internet, since I’m a graphic designer, internet is a revelation for us for sending/receiving proof and documents to send to printing or clients, but YES, since facebook, twitter, blogs and all people around you are connected through cell phone or laptops, it is quite crazy… I’m so happy to not have a Iphone or blackberry… (not yet!!)

    I can say, I would not be able to think to loose internet for working at least!!

  61. Hi Mishy:
    I think you’re on to something. Write up the business plan.

    To TheGuys123:
    Touche!

  62. Nice article, i can relate to your scenario 2 and 3!

  63. This is exactly the reason why I’m quitting the internet for a month and getting to work on shit that really important in my life. You don’t know how many times I’ve woken up, started a to-do list, and then sat down to check LJ or something for a minute, and next thing I know it’s 7 pm, and I’ve been sitting here for 6 hours doing fuck all! (Just to clarify, I have insomnia, so I tend to wake up and go to sleep at odd hours depending on my work schedule. And while this isn’t a usual thing, what I described just happened to me this week.)

    It’s really unnerving to see when one puts the spotlight on this sort of thing. Thanks for posting about this.

  64. Our own personal matrix. Fabulous. What would we do without our internet community,it’s an online life.
    Annoying???Hell yes. Indespensable? Absolutely…oh wait scuse me I got a text….

  65. I have to admit, this is me. I can sit for hours using the internet. Someone can talk to me while I am using the internet and I miss the whole conversation. My computer was recently broken and I was amazed at how much more I got done. I really don’t understand why though–no one sends me that many e-mails and I don’t do all that much online. Regardless, I always find something to do on the internet. HELP!

  66. Speaking of addiction, this reminds me of my post on…jk. Hey, what’s wrong with internet addiction? Once upon a time, the Athenians were up in arms about their youngsters’ addiction to books (which were novel then). Come on, it’s not as if we stop function as humans. We just adapt.

  67. inthemidblogger July 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    There is this need we all have to know if there is a new email or what is going on. You do a very effective job of using the we we label everything as an addictive behavior while at the same time showing real examples we all run into(or perhaps have been guilty of) of rude behavior because we hide behind our technology and do so in an arrogant fashion to mask what is just simply bad behavior. Well done!

    I do want to point out that there are real addictions that destroy people’s lives and families associated with the internet.

    Thought provoking and entertaining!

  68. interesting post !!!

  69. While I found limiting my non-productive Internet usage a tad on the easy side, some of my friends aren’t so lucky. A few months ago I had one of my good friends over. I thought it’d be like every other sleepover we’d had. We’d watch movies and play video games and whatnot. I guess I didn’t get the “use someone else’s laptop from midnight to ten in the morning to talk to friends on MySpace and FaceBook” memo. Some people take Internet usage to a whole new level.

  70. So true! I have yet to get through a weekend without entering the blog-o-sphere, checking e-mail or perusing Facebook. I have purposefully not gotten Web connection on my phone because I’m already way too connected.

  71. This is just so me…ahahahaha. I can call myself an internet whore bitching around WWW

  72. The internet absolutely has me in its grip! I don’t even watch TV that much anymore. If I am in the house it means I am on the computer. I have to find a way to get my life back but the pull of possibly having a new email waiting for me is oh so strong!

  73. yeaa..Internet ruleeessss!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think..and i feel..during the hard times at work,society or even family…it is easier to relieve my self trough the internet…cyber world doesnt cause too much emotional trouble..it is hell fun!!!

  74. It’s true, I’m addicted. Can’t get my ass off the chair when it sticks there. Reading blogs, watching videos and without a doubt facebooking. It’s effecting my sleep, my studies and my progress in life! nonetheless there is always the positive side of things, like reading interesting posts like this one.

  75. Yes, i mam feeling since last two months that i have become an internet addict !

  76. Good one! I enjoyed your post. Very very true. Lol.

    Cheers, Niconica

    http://niconica.wordpress.com

  77. eyelustmagazine July 8, 2010 at 3:06 am

    maybe its time to listen to this
    http://www.myspace.com/4thtestament

  78. I am a retiree living in the rural area. I am checking/answering emails, chatting in FB, reading wordpress, at the same time playing literati. Oh, the TV is on news 24/7, the rice is boiling, the chicken roasting wonderfully, and I am doing all these while doing my laundry and texting on the side. That’s multitasking for a senior citizen.

  79. Interesting post, I must blog about it later..

  80. yeah, so true. I find myself telling people things and then they say, yeah, I know, I already saw it on fb/your blog. Makes me feel I have nothing left to say sometimes!

  81. Unfortunately, this post is entirely true to life. Scenario 1 in particular drives me up the wall. I am completely baffled as to why people get annoyed with me for not wanting to talk anymore when they have given every social signal that they have checked out of the conversation.

  82. I must confess to spending a bit too much time on the internet myself, just tricky when there’s so much out there!

  83. I just started working at a huge cable network company and I since I’m only an intern, I don’t get a blackberry. I realized I’m actually really greatful that I am not chained to my blackberry and on emails all the time. All the scenarios you said are exactly how everyone in the office acts!

  84. Great post. I have two thoughts on the issue:

    1) This tech addiction is not only harmful to business and personal relationships, it is corrupting young people, who don’t know how to relate to people 1:1 anymore and who get restless if they don’t have some kind of screen to stare at. Case in point, my 8 year old son, who is now on summer vacation, insists on waking up, getting dressed, and then coming into my room (where the family computer is) and playing his videogames while I make breakfast. Then when he gets home from summer camp, the first thing he wants to do is either play videogames, or watch TV. Or play on his Nintendo DS. Am I an enabler because all these things are available to him? Perhaps. But then I do the same thing! I am on Facebook, Twitter and email all the time! It’s like we have forgotten how to have non-electronic fun!

    2) There is no such thing as multi-tasking. I read an article on this a few months ago, it is impossible to do several jobs well at the same time. What you are doing is actually shifting your focus from one activity to another very quickly, so it seems like you’re doing them at the same time, but you’re really doing them one after the other. Yes, it is possible to chew gum while talking on the phone while typing, but your concentration can only be on one thing at a time, that’s the way the human brain is designed. In this age of technology, we have come to expect (and this is especially true in business) our brains to work like computers, running and processing several different “programs” at a time. Is it any wonder that stress is the number one cause of most physical ailments, such as headaches, migraines, back pain, insomnia, etc? Our brain is contantly wired, and we never allow it to “shut down” like we shut our computers. Actually, most people don’t even shut down their computers anymore, they put them in “Sleep” mode so they can quickly get to their emails, etc the next day. How sad is that? not to mention what a drain of energy power…

    We need to learn how to unplug, unwind and relax, and we need to teach our children the same thing, or the next generation is truly going to be in trouble.

    My 2 cents anyway…and I did it all without checking a single message or text that came in while writing this! So yes, it is possible!

    http://happinessjunkie.wordpress.com

  85. @happinessjunkie – methinks you are going the slippery slope with this one.

  86. Nothing is worse than going out on a date with a guy who is stuck inside his cell phone all night.

    Likewise though, if halfway through the date the girl is digging for her phone in the middle of the conversation and texting, she’s bored and probably wants to go home. ;)

    We have taught ourselves to be multitaskers, though. Is it our own fault that we created so many distractions?

  87. I can’t even think of living without Internet

  88. Loose use of the term addiction. I wonder how everyone would feel if the internet is banned as a controlled substance.

  89. On the London Underground there is usually no cellphone or wi-fi signal once you get past the first escalator down. It’s not exactly a techless retreat as people still play games or watch videos or listen to music, but I admit to a furtive relish knowing I can disappear for a little while and be able to say ‘Oh did you send me texts/calls/emails/IMs? Sorry…I was on the Tube.’

  90. Scenario 6 describes me to a tee. I will no doubt go off and write a blog post about this blog.

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  92. Scenario#1
    Always annoy mo to no end

  93. Scenario 6 is me for sure!

    Of course we are addicted to the internet, but who can blame us, it’s pretty amazing! Plus it’s better than being addicted to heroin.

    I’ve recently stopped smoking, the internet and blogging have been fabulous and effective distractions.

    Addiction isn’t always a bad thing. But of course it can be. I have a good friend whose husband parents their kids from behind his laptop and it’s really sad.

  94. To an extent most of us are addicted to the internet. Scary thing is how children learn so quickly to use these tools. You see 1yr olds mimicking parents on the cellphone or computer etc.. I can just imagine how wired kids today will be when they are the adults.

    http://jobyourhiredfor.wordpress.com/

  95. That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  96. I think that everything published was actually very logical.

    However, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?
    I am not suggesting your content is not good, however suppose you added a title to possibly grab a person’s attention?
    I mean Our Gigantic Impulse Control Disorder | HighTalk is kinda plain.
    You ought to peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create
    post titles to get people to open the links. You might try adding a
    video or a pic or two to get people interested about
    what you’ve written. In my opinion, it could bring your
    website a little livelier.

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