We have been doing research on the “addictive” usage of technology for a few years now. Together with my colleagues at the ESOTICS research group and as part of the Digital Addiction Research at Bournemouth University, I have also given over 15 talks to a range of audiences in different countries. We have made several controversial arguments, including introducing the term ‘digital addiction’ itself.
We have enjoyed every talk and the discussions which followed. We also found the critiques very interesting and a sign of a timely and thought-provoking nature of this research. We started researching the topic out of curiosity (see some results here) and, personally, to see how I could help my own ‘digital addiction.’ But then it got serious. We got calls from the public, such as parents asking for advice about kids playing games for too long and being overly attached to their social media profiles. We started to plan a professional information helpline. As a first step, I thought of compiling a set of questions we often get about digital addiction and attempted to answer them.
Q1. Is digital addiction really an addiction?
Q2. So what is it?
Q3. What would be the time limit to remain a non-addict technology user?
Q4. What could be a reason for digital addiction?
Q5. Whose responsibility is it?
To see our answers, read our latest Huntington Post article.