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Book Review: iDisorder:Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold On Us by Larry Rosen, Ph.D.

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Do you ever wonder if the internet, cell phones, iPods, and other technologies are not only taking over your life but contributing to developing maladies? By 2015, it is predicted that about 80 percent of the population will have an electronic device of some kind. Thus, Dr. Rosen’s iDisorder is a crucially important book for all of us.

The problem with technology is not the existence of it as it is the ubiquity and over-consumption of it. We are always plugged in. We never seem to take time away from our technological gadgets. And this is negatively influencing our relationships, health, and well-being. In fact, we all seem to be addicted to our technological gadgets in some way, shape or form. We can’t seem to be able to unplug even while we’re at the movies, eating in a restaurant or sleeping at night. A lot of us even wake up in the middle of the night and text or check our messages. Dr. Rosen believes that this addiction to technology is not too different from suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder.

Throughout the book, Dr. Rosen shows how we can enjoy the benefits of our various technologies without being controlled and addicted by the continuous bombardment of information that is coming through them. This constant flow of information is more than our minds can handle in a healthy manner. So, we must try to strike a balance.

Technology is here to stay. And there are many benefits of technology. Dr. Rosen shows us how to enjoy these benefits without being overwhelmed by them. We can’t allow technology to take over our humanity. To live in a healthy and connected manner, we have to find a balance and unplug from technology regularly.

I loved Dr. Rosen’s book from beginning to end. It is thought-provoking and alarming. However, it is a book that each of us should read because of the ubiquity of technology. It is important for us to learn how to control technology but not vice versa.

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  • http://www.DrLarryRosen.com Larry Rosen

    Thanks for your nice thoughts about my new book! I am thrilled that you “got” my perspective that I am not anti-technology. To the contrary, I am very pro-technology and just want people to learn how to use it more effectively as a “part” of the rest of their lives and not have it be the focal point of their lives. It doesn’t take much to help understand what is going on in our brains when we are frantically checking our devices all the time. It does seem to take a bit of effort to get people to take short (10-15 minute) breaks every hour or two to help reset our overactive brains.

  • http://irenesroth.wordpress.com Irene Roth

    Dear Dr. Rosen,

    I just loved your book. I will be encouraging some of my students to read it. They are college students, and they can’t even turn off their cell phones and blackberry’s during class. The points you make in your book can save them from overstressing and focusing more on what they are doing in the present moment.

    Thanks so much for such an important book!

    Irene Roth