A new study highlights how electronic addiction
is growing widespread among normal, American
Read all about the study here:What is it like to go without media? What if
you had to give up your cell phone, iPod, television,
car radio, magazines, newspapers and computer
(i.e. no texting, no Facebook or IM-ing)? Could you
do it? Is it even possible?
Well, not really, if you are an American college student
today. According to a new ICMPA study, most college
students are not just unwilling, but functionally unable
to be without their media links to the world.
Here is a small sample of things that I think would
be of interest to the readers of this forum:
...Students had an easier time disconnecting
from television. While students did say they watch
television, many missed their computers and the
Internet more, which they used not only to surf
the Web and send e-mails, but because they used
their computers essentially as a TV: to watch
..."Once I got back from the gym I turned
on the T.V. and laid down to watch. It didn't even
dawn on me that I was breaking the rules until
I turned it off to sleep and then realized what I
did while I was in bed. It is just natural for me
to turn on the T.V. I have been doing it since I
was about 5."
Not watching TV was probably the easiest
media source to not use. The computer was not as
easy but not the most difficult. Giving up my cell
phone was the most difficult.