Are We Addicted?
I know for sure that I am not the only one that has had this feeling before, but are we actually suffering from this condition? NPR wrote an article about this relatively new phenomenon that is occuring. In which they are stating that a good number of people are actually having a problem with this occurring.
“OH HELL YEAH!! It happen to me all the time!”Thomas Hammonds responding to whether or not he has suffered from Phantom Vibration Syndrome
M.T. Anderson’s FEED reminded me of this weird condition that we psychologically imagine to be happening, but that left me to wonder if the main characters of the book were feeling something similar to this. With Feed being embedded in their brains, I can only imagine that they would hear or see things that are not there in reality giving them a false sense of reality. That however is up for speculation. But what is not, is that people in first world countries are addicted to their phones.
As a point of reference the girls in the video spend almost as much time on their phones as it would take to drive to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Four hours is a long time to be on your phone not personally interacting with anyone that is not on the screen in front of them. For example the main characters father was trying to talk to him via “m-chat” instead of actually talking to his son. His father was so reliant on his Feed that he did not even think to talk to his own son. That to me is the saddest part about relying on technology is that we lose our ability to pick up on social cues as well as much needed personal interaction.