First Patient Diagnosed with Internet Addiction Disorder due to Google Glass

Scientists are now treating the first man with internet addiction disorder, and while you may be thinking, heck, I’ve got that–this is serious. The man complained of irritability without Google Glass after using it over 18 hours a day, taking it off only to sleep or shower. The device is a first person device which allows you to perform most major functions that you can with your smart phone, but without the use of the phone itself.

“Internet addiction disorder” has not been classified as an official medical disorder, as scientists say symptoms could still be related to other psychological problems.  Dr. Andrew Doan head of addictions and resilience research at the US navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program as well as coauthor on a paper about the man, claims that people today are displaying more symptoms of the disorder, and it’s only a matter of time until treatment is available.

“People used to believe alcoholism wasn’t a problem – they blamed the person or the people around them,” Doan said. “It’s just going to take a while for us to realize that this is real.”

The patient first checked into the recovery program for alcoholism, but soon it was clear to the doctors that he was experiencing even more withdrawal from his Google Glass, since all electronic devices had to be taken away for a month before the treatment program began. The patient continued to try to tap his temple, suffered from memory problems, and craved for his device to be returned.

“And the danger with wearable technology is that you’re allowed to be almost constantly in the closet, while appearing like you’re present in the moment,” Doan said.

The outcome for the patient appears to have been good. After his 35 days at the recovery program, he reported being less irritable and his memory improved. He was released and referred to a 12-step program for his alcohol abuse issues, though there has been no report how he has fared with his Google Glass since his release.

[via the Guardian]

Zachery Bridgeman | News Cult