Gadgets and the Internet are big in South Korea. Really big, as this Associated Press story points out. Now "addiction" to the devices is enough of a problem that the government is stepping in. Officials plan to make mandatory classes for children as young as three (!) so the problem is dealt with early. This is the first line of the article: "Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear." Yeah, that sounds like an issue. [PhysOrg]
There's playing online games, and then there's collecting 68 virtual "husbands" in a game. That's when Chinese parents intervene and send their wayward offspring to a boot camp staffed by soldiers of the People's Liberation Army.
Blogging in your sleep and other signs that you may be too connected
By Gregory MonePosted 04.18.2008 at 1:17 pm 1 Comment
Spending a little too much time on the Web? Now there are a few movements afoot to encourage the tech-obsessed to take vacations from connectivity. Here's Ariel Meadow Stallings, a blogger and Microsoft part-timer, on realizing that she'd become a little too hooked:
"I love technology. I'm not a Luddite. But I realized it was a problem when I would sit down to check my email and it was almost like I would wake up six hours later and find I was watching videos of puppies on YouTube . . . I'd try and think what I had been doing for the past two hours and I had no idea. I associate that kind of time loss with blackouts when you're drunk."