““High quantitative use was a central link between computer use and stress, sleep disturbances, and depression, described by the young adults,” Thomee said in the study. “It was easy to spend more time than planned at the computer (e.g., working, gaming, or chatting), and this tended to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs (such as social interaction, sleep, physical activity), as well as bad ergonomics, and mental overload.”
I have been on the computer and accessing daily online data since the mid 1980’s. I have also always had a bit of an issue with over-stimulation and sleep problems leading to mental instability (of a mild, rather typical, nature). I have no doubt that there is some truth to the above report. Not a week goes by, if not a day, when I don’t at least briefly wonder to myself about whether or not to just unplug the computer for a while. Or at least use it only for reading articles, watching movies, but not for any interaction, since cyber-interaction, blending as it does the mechanical with the organic, the immediately present with the distant, the real and tangible with the fictive and intangible etc., is highly questionable in and off itself and perhaps already, by its very nature, a little mad.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with a little madness. If there weren’t just a little in every man, I suspect that the vast majority of females would be entirely uninterested in propogating the species! But still, there must be moderation in all things.
Maybe I should try once-a-week being entirely unplugged….
No, I couldn’t do it……!!