Discussion 2: Am I addicted to technology? By: Nadia Shaikh

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1. Intro the the topic:

1.1. In the previous discussion post I defined what technology was to me. In this post I will discuss if I am addicted to technology. Topic question: The unit describes how people can be/are addicted to technology. Are you addicted to your smartphone/computer/the Internet? Why or why not? Support your argument with information from the course.

2. IAD - What is it?

2.1. IAD stands for Internet Addiction Disorder. It is defined as "problematic or pathological use of computers and internet". (Is the Internet Addiction Real?, 2017)

2.1.1. Symptoms of IAD are: The unreasonable time spent on the following: - online shopping, playing games, watching videos (YouTube), social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), gambling and gambling. (Is the Internet Addiction Real?, 2017)

3. Dependability:

3.1. How am I depended on technology?

3.1.1. I rely on technology for around 90% of my day. Whether its for school, finding my way through a new city, finding new places to eat/order food, being to able to communicate to family members

3.1.2. In the video entitled "Sorry, You're Addicted to the Internet | Mashable Explains". The informative video outlined the cons of the excessive use of the internet. The part that caught my attention the most was when he mentioned dopamine.

3.1.2.1. Dopamine - what is it?

3.1.2.1.1. "Dopamine is a neurotransmitter found in your brain and nervous system. When released you get feelings of pleasure".(Mashable, 2015)

3.1.2.2. Click on the arrow to see the video.

4. Addiction Assessments:

4.1. The assessments:

4.1.1. Assesment 1:

4.1.1.1. The first assessment I completed was the Digital Distraction Test

4.1.1.1.1. I scored a 5 on this quiz.. At the end of the quiz it stated that if you said yes to 3 or 4 questions that you would benefit from a digital diet (Digital Distraction Test, 2016). After looking through the result, I realized that I am not as addicted to my phone as I thought I would be. .

4.1.2. Assessment 2:

4.1.2.1. The second assessment is called "Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz"

4.1.2.1.1. After completing this assessment I scored 19 which is considered to be borderline internet addiction. (Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz, 2017) When seeing that score, it made me realize that I should probably go on a digital diet. I noticed I always do try to stay off the internet just so I can focus on my work. When comparing the results with both of the assessments. It concludes that I am more addicted to the internet rather than the devices.

5. Creative Piece: Why did I choose to do a mindmap?

5.1. I chose to do a mind-map because I have always tried to do hand drawn mind-maps but felt like it never looked presentable. So I decided to try to do one through mindmeister. The mind-map is a great tool to see how your subtopics relate to the main topic. I also think mind-maps are good for representing ideas and analyzing content.

6. What is addiction?

6.1. In my own words I define addiction as not being able to function as an individual unless you have that certain object with you.

6.1.1. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary they define addiction as: ""Compulsive need for use of a habit-forming substance, characterized by tolerance and by well-define psychological symptoms upon withdrawal". (Merriam-Webster, 2017)

7. References:

7.1. Reference List: Addiction. 2017. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved February 4 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction Greenfield, D. & Polgar Ryan, D. Digital Distraction Test (2013) Retrieved from http://virtual-addiction.com/digital-distraction-test/ Grohol. M, J. Are you addicted to the internet? Quiz. Retrieved November 22, 2016 Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/netaddiction.htm Infographic: Is Internet Addiction Real? Retrieved February 4, 2017, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416474,00.asp Mashable. (2015, October 01). Sorry, You're Addicted to the Internet | Mashable Explains. [Video file] Retrieved February 4, 2017 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpluiONwJLg Technology Addiction Symptoms of Technology Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved February 4, 2017, from https://www.addiction.com/addiction-a-to-z/technology-addiction/technology-addiction-101/

8. Conclusion

8.1. So am I addicted to technology and the internet?

8.1.1. The results from the assessment made me realize that I am addicted to the internet more than technology (devices). I personally don't like being in front of computers/phones for very long since I start to get headaches. I like to take breaks and do some sort of activity that will benefit my well-being (going to walks, hanging out with friends, adult colouring etc).