Digital Immersion Distancing Ourselves From Reality Essay

1095 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Digital Immersion Distancing Ourselves From Reality
There has been a rapidly expanding usage of the Internet, and usually it’s seen as beneficial. It has allowed us to communicate with others that are an ocean away, to absorb an infinite sea of information with just a mere tap of a finger, but what consequences do these advancements entail? It seems as though society has been entranced by the effortless, and quick rewards of the Internet to the point where there’s never really is a period of unwiring. This constant immersion into the digital world however, distances ourselves from reality, and infiltrates our personal lives. It creates this insatiable addiction for instant gratification, that if not taken more seriously, will only get exponentially worse.
One reason why Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) should be taken more seriously, is because it fits all the criteria of an addiction. The idea that addiction can only happen with substance is outdated. Michael Miller, a former president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, took a part in redefining what an addiction is with other experts and stated that “Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It 's about underlying neurology, not outward actions.(Livescience Staff)" Often too much we exclusively associate addiction with a substance, but that isn’t the case at all. And like any other addiction there is a tolerance that builds up.…

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