Computer Dependency Essay

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Computer addiction, or more broadly, technological addiction can be defined as, “nonchemical (behavioral) addictions that involve human-machine interaction” (Griffiths, 2000). It carries the same underlying traits as any other behavioral addiction. A behavioral addiction occurs when an activity becomes the most important activity in a person’s life. Their mood will change and they will experience withdrawal symptoms when the activity is not available. In a case study performed by Dr. Mark Griffiths five high-usage computer individuals were observed and analyzed to determine the symptoms of computer addiction and dependence. His study found 2 of the 5 to be “addicted” while the other three still showed some signs of dependence to computing. His study revealed the individuals had little or no social life, and little to no self-confidence. The individuals seemed to use the computer as an “electronic friend” as Griffith put it. They showed many of the core signs of addiction; the participants appeared to be trying to escape a feeling of depression and social isolation, but never admitting they had a problem. Dr. Griffith found that the individuals believed they had friends, but they were all “net-friendships”, never having actually met any of them. This dependence kept the individuals isolated from society, which in turn, continues to affect their ability to communicate in a face-to-face dialogue. Opponents argue that the use of computers is an important part of modern education. They have opened the world to students and given them a much broader view of learning. They have also given people the ability to learn and earn a degree that might not have the time to do so in a typical classroom setting. However, these benefits are out-weighed by the danger of constant use. The ability to communicate properly in today’s society has become more and more of a struggle

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