The current incarnation of the Internet–portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive–may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.
Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed–and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness.
Read Tony Dokoupil’s compelling report here at Newsweek’s Culture section.
Peter Bregman, the author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, due out in September, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, has a great article on Psychology Today Online. Herein he explains the dissonance between anticipations and expectations as the greatest source of anxiety and stress. To read the article go here.
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. Explore this via the BBC online News Magazine by going here.
Design Within Reach? The cool sterility of 2001: A Space Odyssey is just one example of how pop culture expresses an anxiety that's seemingly about technology, but may be as old as time.
An incredible audio report from All Things Considered on NPR by Bob Mondello. Man, who traditionally knows himself by his artifacts, is at risk of loosing it all as we sacrifice our books and information to off site servers we call “clouds”. This provocative piece of editorial journalism is worth a listen. Go here to hear it and review the transcription.