9 thoughts on “7.1 Response to Lane’s “Addicted to Addiction””

  1. Lane’s article is confusing . My feelings about Lanes ideas is that of comparing from the psychos and using the internet are mixed. On one hand I agree that people don’t need medication because I believe that’s taking it to far. I mean being on a internet to me is about choice, some days you might wake up and don’t want to be apart of the internet world for the day. Or maybe your service is down and you can’t. On the other hand I disagree with saying people can’t function with out it. I believe people can function very well but the internet do take up alot of people time. I mean in this new day n age, you need internet for work and school majority of the time. And I see people functioning just find with it.

  2. Lane’s article point out that out that parents are annoyed of the fact that their children put in more time in their phones than books. I personal can relate to that because my parents are always complaining about how I put in so much time into my phone than my books. I don’t agree with the fact that he said people who have internet addition should have psychotropic medications. I don’t believe having an internet addiction can make you crazy enough to be on medication. People being on the internet often shouldn’t be a big deal because we are living in a technology era.

  3. According to Lanes article, Bittman states “that there are three “subtypes” of “extreme” internet use concern him: Excessive gaming, Sexual preoccupations and email text messaging”.
    That sentence made me feel like Bittman really made everything look worse than what it really is, like hes making a big deal out of something small. The reason why I feel that way is because all three of the “subtypes” of extreme internet usage he stated is the social norm. You would be considered an outcast if you don’t play games or watch pornography/ have sexual fantasies or text people.

  4. Christopher Lane’s thesis was a tad difficult to understand but I do agree with his belief that kids worldwide are totally into technology. He makes this point on page 2 where it says ” In his editorial Block voices understandable concern about the large number of schoolchildren in South Korea who fritter away hours each week texting, gaming and surfing. Clearly, many lose perspective and let technology overwhelm their lives.” However, I personally don’t see that as a problem as technology is a super important tool that from the old days was always predicted to expand in efficiency; sci-fi movies about the future always showed how we’d have flying cars and robot servants. I feel like the older generation is making a problem where there is none as technology evolving isn’t something anyone can stop.

  5. lanes thesis is confusing and at times going away from the main point of his thesis. I do agree with him that at times we may seem to stay on the internet for longer then we should but understanding the difference between a addiction and a strong interest for something are often times misunderstood or confuse. a line that stood out to me “The addiction comes in several subtypes but all are variants” this stood out to me because addiction can come into many forms or different versions of something. Everything now is so technology base so if you feel like your a addict consider are all the resources and materials you need around you and if not does spending a long time on the internet help you.

  6. In the article “Addicted to Addiction” by Christopher Lane he states, “Anyone who works in a university—or busy office, for that matter—knows how much information today is conveyed electronically, and how rapidly one often must respond to it.” I agree that there is a great amount of information being conveyed electronically because of my experience doing research for school and class projects. I always get my information via the internet.

  7. Lane is neither giving his point of view nor offering a solution which makes the article a bit confusing. I understand he is against Block’s article and others’ stating that internet addiction should be considered as a formal disorder. In this regard I totally agree with Lane because the idea of putting heavy internet users in medication or some short of programs that even require hospitalization is absurd. Plus you can’t reduce the use of internet to only 3 subtypes as Bittman says ” gaming, sexual preoccupations, e-mail and text messaging”. I think it’s wider than, technology is evolution and every new technology brings with it new short of behaviors. So we just need to cope with the reality, for example how about we encourage kids or students to read books on their electronic devices instead of making them put their phones down and use paper books.

  8. In the article “Addicted to Addiction” by Christopher Lane demonstrates that there is no need for medication to cure online addiction. I agree with Lane’s argument because the “solution lies in stronger ties with other human beings “ meaning it lies in the person it self or another to stop online addiction. I also agree that the overuse of “cyberspace on electronic gadgets” can do some harm, but a few People use it for work other’s for school assignments. I use my “electronic gadget” on a daily basis to get around and know the weather, or new,etc, but that’s the only way I can find out thing because there are no other options.

  9. Addicted To Addiction by Christopher Lane is an article filled with irony towards a cure for internet addicts. I agree that I myself would be considered a ” Net Addict” but who truly is’nt. My experience with social media, constant texting and going online to complete homework confirms it. In todays society Lane himself elaborates how the internet is being used, “clearly many lose perspective and let technology overwhelm their lives”. Always being on the internet does not make someone an addict nor does it mean that their mentally ill. There’s a time and place for everything and some people tend to forget that which causes them to loose time and track of their internet use; its fairly easy to get distracted.

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