Do you walk into doors?

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If so, you could be addicted... to technology. I'm guessing some of this might ring bells of a few people here...

The seemingly exponential growth of portable technology has sparked fears that people are becoming addicted or swamped by gadgets and their uses.

So, what are the symptons?

Prof Kakabadse added: "It's addiction to portable technology, which you take with you practically to bed, the cinema, to the theatre, to a dinner party. The symptoms are, like with any other addiction, that people spend more time using their technology than spending it in socialising or in family time."

My favourite quote -

Nada Kakabadse, a Professor at the Northampton Business School, said: "Your judgement is impaired. Equally your decision making processes are impaired. "It's like losing your spatial judgement, so instead of walking through the door you walk into it. You're more prone to have a car accident if you drive."

Full Story over at BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/6411495.stm

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I've been unplugged from the

I've been unplugged from the bricks for about 10 years now and those who know me well also know that I will buy a 'gadget' in a heartbeat if it has utility for me. The odd thing is that portable technology often strikes me as more burden than utility.

Door problems

I've noticed that I no longer understand how to use a door. I'll look right at the sign and just pull when I should push. This seems to be more of a recent occurrence, it's as though I'm much more aware that interfaces don't always work how they should so my brain skips right to guessing or muddling to find the answer. When I notice the sign, I look around sheepishly....

case in point

>much more aware that interfaces don't always work how they should so my brain skips right to guessing

WTH is the "Talk" button for on a phone? Hell yes, I'm being FORCED to talk, isn't that the sole purpose of this piece of plastic?

I think we need to be a wee

I think we need to be a wee bit more scientific than this:

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The symptoms are, like with any other addiction, that people spend more time using their technology than spending it in socialising or in family time."

If I stop texting my friends, I have no friends at all. I think this is a conspiracy by lonely non-tech savvy people who want me to be their friend. I'm onto them now. Not a chance.

Talk - don't listen.

Talking

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isn't that the sole purpose of this piece of plastic?

Judging from my experience it certainly ain't for listening to.

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