Our electronic addiction

From the Daily Kansan:

Robinson says that the anytime, anywhere ability to access media, information and personal contact has become the norm. And with smart phones, it’s even easier to stay connected. But Robinson says that it’s possible to have a good balance of personal time and work time.

“You can check social networks and e-mail while you’re at school and work and you’re not necessarily abandoning it. It’s just a blend of both,” she says.

Another expert thinks our addiction has to do with status and sexuality. Frank McAndrew, professor of psychology at Knox College, believes that Facebook addiction is based on evolution. “In our distant prehistoric past, people who were in tune with the status of other people like who was friends with whom, who is sleeping with whom and which falling outs were pending simply were more socially successful than people who were not good at this,” he says.

McAndrew says these things are a result of the heightened drive to find a mate that young adults have and having access to all of the information on Facebook aids the process. “The problem with the electronic communication is that it offers 24/7 access to this kind of information, while it’s indeed highly addictive. If you are not spending time on this and your competitors are, who knows what might happen,” he says.

So for whatever reason someone can be addicted to technology, a balance is necessary because it’s here to stay.