Problem

Computer obsession

Other Names:
Computer addiction
Nature:
Long-term computer users may become progressively enmeshed in the computer time frame, becoming less and less able to adjust to the temporal norms and standards of traditional clock time. Caught between two distinctly different temporal orientations, they become victims of a new form of temporal schizophrenia. Their adjustment to the accelerated computer time frame renders them increasingly impatient with the slower tempo of everyday life. They become more intolerant of behaviour that is ambiguous, digressive or tangential, avoiding open-ended discourse and any form of inefficiency in communication processes.
Claim:
Successful computer games are those that turn curiosity into compulsion, that alternate a sense of achievement with a sense of loss, pleasure with disappointment.
Counter Claim:
You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to the computer to turn your brain on. (Steve Jobs).
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
07.03.2001 – 00:00 CET