Is technology addiction a myth? | BBC Ideas technology addiction

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Think you’re addicted to your phone? Think again. The Oxford Internet Institute’s Professor Andrew Przybylski argues “digital addiction” is a myth.
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19 comments

Speedy_o0 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I get that the dopamine spike isn't as high as taking drugs, but I love playing sports and exercising but instead sit on my phone or PC and play games all day. No matter how much I want to get outside I can't. I get so much more satisfaction levelling up my video game character. It's not healthy, even if it's not classified as "addicition". Whatever is going on in my brain is a problem.

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Gravy Shavings 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

this is pretty stupid, you're not really saying why it shouldn't be considered an addiction like you said "compared to other addictions such as gambling etc" okay why don't you compare them?

well the big thing with addictions universally is that you want to stop but can't. many drug addicts don't want to keep doing drugs but can't help themselves because they have an uncontrollable craving for it. same with alcohol. people who are addicted to gambling don't know when to stop they want to keep going until they're rich, but no matter how high or low the profit is it's never enough.

"internet addiction". what does that mean exactly? well ignoring people who say "this is so addicting lol" to mean it's fun, this is a common and genuine issue with people. see addicts who don't mind doing what they do aren't aware if they are addicted or not. they have the mindset "oh well sure i do it a lot but i'm not addicted, i just don't want to stop". or "i can stop whenever i want, i just don't want to". now somebody who's aware of their addiction, doesn't want to keep doing what they're doing, but they can't stop themselves. this is as simple as somebody who want's to stop being online so much and enjoy the world around them, but get's bored too quickly and ends up back on their cellphone. now if you ask me that sounds like addiction.

think of it this way, could you go 2 weeks without your phone if it was right in your pocket at all times? if you knew you could easily go on it at any time would you have enough control to stop yourself from doing so? if a reward or recognition was involved sure, but say it was for no reason. how long do you suppose you could last without going online, including things like netflix and tv networks. for most people that's probably not very long. the problem is most people don't see the point in doing so. it's not thought to be harmful, so why stop?

if you're reading this and happy with how you live your life, congratulations. if your mind is clouded with all the wasted time, and all the things you could have done instead, you have my empathy. as a gen Z i was unfortunately raised like this, it's been burned into my everyday life. it's to the point that it's no exaggeration, a necessity to have access to internet because teachers are now too lazy to teach lessons themselves and have youtube teach us half the curriculum. i want to just throw my device away but it's something i need to get by in the world.

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Mateo Freijomil 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

Gracias muy buena información!

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Ruben Hidalgo Mosqueda 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

The visuals are just disgusting.

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Robin Brüggemann 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I call bullshit

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Matthew Odishoo 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

2:51 NES Dragon Warrior battle won sound effect. Hahaha!

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Trace Ford 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

Yeah, I'm not buying it.

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Miriam M. 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

He’s literally going against so much PROOF of how addicting social media can be. We receive dopamine (pleasure) from all the like notifications and comments. It’s been SCIENTIFICALLY proven that it triggers the same part of our Brain that sex or other drugs trigger. We are so obsessed with comparing eachother and feeling like shit afterwards because we see how “happy” our friends are living when in reality they think the same way of us. Social media is DESTROYING our society, destroying socializing, living in the real word, it increases envy, jealousy, obsession, I know I’ve been through this and I know you all have experienced some sort of consequence or negative emotion from social media. I’m sorry but this guys video is pure bullshit.

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Charles Nowell 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

He makes zero sense; he's selling his own ideas for $treams and validation.

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N1cK_ G4ming 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

Lmao this mans is an idiot

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Luna Aksoy 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

OCD?

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Beefy Beings 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I think Gabor Mate's views on addiction is the correct one. This video is pretty bad.

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Audio Dregs 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

Cool animation

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Cola 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

This video is a bit of a mess. Panic over hip hop culture / panic over D&D has nothing to do with panic over smartphone exposure among, say, infants causing early onset ADD, or neurological rewiring among adults as a result of dopamine-releasing LED/haptic feedback mechanisms in technology

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m_ 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

This kind of anti-capitalism obsession is harmful. People buy this crab because they are dumb.

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finerio 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

Is there any evidence of panic?…

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Tom Lever 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I'm addicted to BBC Ideas.
My family are very concerned.

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Rascal 451 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I'm addicted to listening to music and reading, l can't to stop from doing that.

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PSA de Lachute 25/11/2021 - 3:07 Chiều

I am not addicted to my phone but I am addicted to my
iPad mini 5 😂 🥰 🤪 😢 and to… YouTube !!!

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