[Freedom-misc] Is Nonfree Software the Cause of Computer/Internet Addiction?

mcz at ruggedinbox.com mcz at ruggedinbox.com
Thu Sep 20 17:49:10 CEST 2018


There's Facebook addiction, there's video game addiction (mainly from Nonfree  
games), there's cell phone addiction (mainly via iPhone), there's overall  
internet addiction (via proprietary internet), you know what in talking  
about. At the same time, I barely hear of computer/phone addiction associated  
to GNU products. Therefore the question above.
Short answer:
no. Addiction can be associated to free or non-free software.
Example: Diaspora has a "Love" button, like a "Like" button.
https://diasporafoundation.org/about#features
Internet (or ISP) addiction: what does that even mean? Too much browsing of  
any kind?

Longer answer:
"Addiction is a disorder of the brain's reward system / Addiction is a brain  
disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite  
adverse consequences."

There's little smartphone addiction without social media imho.
Many people might be able to balance online life with the rest of their  
lives. Still, you know about that nagging feeling.

How it works:
https://blog.bufferapp.com/psychology-of-social-media

Consequences:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Networking_and_Psychology
http://time.com/4793331/instagram-social-media-mental-health/
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a9931660/psychology-social-media-likes-mental-health-issues/

Devil's advocate:
http://thefuturebuzz.com/2010/04/18/social-media-addiction/

Ways to fix that (therapy aside):
https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/managing-your-social-network-addiction.html






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