Study Says The Internet Is As Addictive As Drugs!? Sounds About Right…
In a study released Friday by consumer research company Intersperience in the United Kingdom, word on the street is that when people aren’t connected to the Internet, whether through their phone or their computer, they go through feelings of fear, anger, and loneliness. Not only that, but others even experience symptoms of withdrawal usually associated with being coming off of drugs and alcohol. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 1,000 U.K. folks ages 18-65 were surveyed, and 40 percent of the individuals said they indeed feel “lonely” without their beloved Internet connection. On top of that, 53 percent said they get upset when they are denied Internet access. And boy is that true! Just think how quickly you lose your mind when you go to a hotel with no Wi-Fi! Participants of the study were asked to refrain from using the Internet for 24 hours, and according to the International Business Times, afterwards, one participant said “It was like having my hand chopped off.” Reaching? Maybe so. But boy, do we love being “connected.”
The findings were summarized by the chief executive of Intersperience as very telling of the role and importance of Internet in our lives nowadays:
“Our research shows how just dominant a role it now assumes, influencing our friendships, the way we communicate, the fabric of our family life, our work lives, our purchasing habits and our dealings with organizations.”
Duh. But would you agree? Are you always connected, and if so, how do you feel when you’re not?