Warning: Blogging & Twittering may be harmful to your health

An interesting article from LifeScience highlighting studies equating technology addiction to that of being addicted to drugs. In fact, the article says:

“* Another research paper, published in 2007 in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by a psychiatrist at Tel Aviv University, recommended that Internet addiction be regarded as an extreme disorder on par with gambling, sex addiction and kleptomania.”

Honestly, I think that anything that becomes addictive and trumps face to face OR relationships with others can be harmful. Relationships with my own family has been strengthened by instant messenger and facebook so one has to be careful interpreting this.

It is important to achieve balance, which is why I teach my own kids to “time themselves” while playing video games.

Self discipline is important to learn (and teach.) Honestly, it is why we SHOULD blog myspace and facebook at school. It is addictive.

Meanwhile, this story is going to make a great question of the week for my student bloggers.

I like how the article ends:

“The first thing to do is take a long, hard look at how you are using technologies, and then to start to set some limits,” he said. “You have to take off a couple hours and make those hours important enough that you don't allow yourself to be interrupted. I think we should have certain rules. We don’t break up, fire people or break traumatic news to people via e-mail or text message.” “

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Shane Stevens January 26, 2008 - 7:22 pm

Wow, I am glad you addressed this issue. I am just now trying to build a good PLN using web 2.0 tools, so I am trying to spend as much time as I can reading, and learning. Perhaps now would be a good time to lay some ground rules for myself.

Currently, I find myself checking twitter many times an evening when I get home from work; mainly to acquire information from the experienced people. When I am able to truly participate I am going to limit myself to a specific number of topics per evening. Once I get a better feel for the time and benefit associated with this act I can make an appropriate adjustment.

My personal blog, which I have yet to begin sharing, is still under construction, so the blogging aspect is a non-issue at this time. My immediate thoughts are to try to post one new post per day. Hopefully this will afford me the time I need for my family and work.

I can definitely see the desire to network being something that could become an addiction to some. My intent, like most I am sure, is to use the vast depth of experience out there to make myself a better educator, and provide my students with the tools to be productive, knowledgeable, adults when they graduate.

camilotesa January 28, 2008 - 5:35 am

After reading this blog and the accompanying article from LifeScience I could not help but reflect on my own technology usage. I do agree with the idea that technology has numerous benefits. I have been able to broaden horizons by helping me stay in contact with my friends in other countries, where calling or visiting them would weigh a lot heavier on my wallet than an e-mail or instant message would. There is no doubt in the bountiful cons technology has provided society, but I also realize the fact that society has become more technologically focused. People find it more convenient and fast to talk via e-mail etc. This causes repercussions such as people always checking their computer for responses, or just carrying on a relationship this way, which to me sometimes seems very impersonal and distant. But, this growing fad may be the cause of this suspicion of “addiction”. There seems to be thin line between reaping the benefits and I guess lack of a better word, “abusing” it.

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