Here’s a chunk of an interesting article from TechEYE.net: Kids go cold turkey when you take their technology away — Like quitting heroin:

Boffins have found that taking a kid’s computer technology away for a day gives them similar symptoms as going cold turkey.

The study was carried out by the University of Maryland. It found that 79 percent of students subjected to a complete media blackout for just one day reported adverse reactions ranging from distress to confusion and isolation.

One of the things the kids spoke about was having overwhelming cravings while others reported symptoms such as ‘itching’.

The study focused on students aged between 17 and 23 in ten countries. Researchers banned them from using phones, social networking sites, the internet and TV for 24 hours.
The kids could use landline phones or read books and were asked to keep a diary.
One in five reported feelings of withdrawal like an addiction while 11 percent said they were confused. Over 19 percent said they were distressed and 11 percent felt isolated. Some students even reported stress from simply not being able to touch their phone.

I wonder what would happen if all the search engines were turned off for a day.

Hat tip to Stephen Arnold.

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One Response to "Please don’t take my search engine away"

  1. 1 Alan Cockerill
    April 20th, 2011 at 3:02 pm  

    Impressed that 1 in 5 17-23 years olds knows what withdrawals are like (push polling maybe?)

    Would like to have seen a control group - my recollection of being a teen is that 20% being distressed is pretty normal and only 11% feeling isolated is a much better result than the norm

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