Internet Addiction

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Something I’ve been hearing about – both in from the people around me and in articles – is internet / computer / mobile phone addiction. Internet addiction is defined as, “excessive computer use that interferes with daily life.” … Yet, perhaps the line between what is good and what is too much becomes blurred when the internet (and computers, mobile devices, etc.) are part of daily life.  How much time does the average adult or child spend in front of a computer screen? Is this for work, for pleasure, for socializing? How would you feel if you couldn’t get online for 1 hour, 1 day, 10 days, 100 days? How much time do you spend in the company of your mobile phone? How would you feel if you lost it?

digital privacy: great article in the economist

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It will be interesting to see via micro analysis if and how privacy questions are related to digital living and participation in the everyday life.

Some research shows that people of all ages are  somewhat worried about digital privacy. My personal feeling is that it’s very much like talking about television: one complains a lot about trash TV (that citizen’s discourse mode) and watches reality shows regularly.  I hear and read tons of complaints about privacy questions  (Facebook ignites passions of the masses, and tens to change its privacy policy regularly) yet people seem to post anything and shop anywhere online). And yet some like the legal scholar Daniel Solove paint a grim picture of social media in this regard (his book The Future of Reputation can be accessed online for free : -).

It’s curious, how privacy is viewed very differently in the macro-level policy-making; see this wonderful brand new article in the Economist.  It will be even more fascinating to see  (if that emerges in the research material) whether there would seem to be some culturally specific concepts of privacy, even in the digital realm.