First Person Treated For "Google Glass Addiction"
A 31-year-old man was treated for the first Google Glass-related case of Internet Addiction Disorder, the compulsive use of a computer or mobile device, says a new study from the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
According to the study, the patient initially checked into the Navy's Substance Abuse and Recovery Program (SARP) for alcohol use disorder, but during his time there, doctors noticed his "significant frustration and irritability" when not allowed access to his Google Glass.
The patient, who has a history of anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, reported that he would become "extremely irritable and argumentative" if he was prevented from using the device at work.
Google Glass, a tiny, portable computer attached to clear glasses, takes photos, shoots video, and projects Internet content, among many other functions.
The study's abstract explains the results of the Navy serviceman's treatment:
Over the course of his 35-day residential treatment, the patient noted a reduction in irritability, reduction in motor movements to his temple to turn on the device, and improvements in his short-term memory and clarity of thought processes. He continued to intermittently experience dreams as if looking through the device.
We see this as a cautionary tale about the overuse of technology. Who knows how many people will suffer this issue once Google Glass becomes widely available?
And if you feel like you're a little too addicted to your gadgets, this is for you: