By Nicola F. Johnson
Publication ISBN: 9780754695417
Dewey: 362.196; 362.196/8584
LCCN: RC569.5.I54 J64 2009
Overuse of the net is usually characterised as complicated, disruptive, or addictive, with tales usually claiming that on-line use interferes with relationships, or that 'excessive' time in entrance of laptop displays is bad. The Multiplicities of net habit contests the declare that pcs – particularly net use – are addictive, arguing that use of the web is now a kind of daily rest engaged in via many folks in Western society. providing an research of the character of habit along an in depth empirical examine of domestic desktop use, this e-book should be of curiosity not just to sociologists of tradition and pop culture, but additionally to students of media, ICT and schooling.
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Have they developed their own eBay™ business because they were waiting for the perfect moment to begin? Or are they just addicted and need to attend a centre for Internet addiction, just like those who are at the bottom rung of their lives need to attend a rehabilitation centre? We make decisions and choices and, for many of us, we know what the consequences are. Those who suffer from addiction have gone beyond the ability to make responsible decisions. There are children and young people who will access inappropriate websites.
31 Physical Concerns There are potential physical risks from overexposure to computers: vision, postural and skeletal problems, dangers of radiation, and the displacement of normal physical activities of childhood and adolescence (including playing sport, music, recreational play, interaction with peers, and so on) (Healy 1998). Examples of potential problems are work-related musculoskeletal disorders, children’s use of the mouse (designed for adult hands), ‘computer vision syndrome’ (computer eyestrain), intermittent blurring, general eye fatigue, electromagnetic radiation, a sedentary lifestyle, and use of non-ergonomic equipment (see Armstrong and Casement 2000).
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