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Are You Addicted to This Blog?

Are you addicted to this blog? Apparently it is not impossible to be addicted to technology. An August 11 post from the LA Times blog presents some qualitative research (primarily anecdotal) into the 21st-century addiction that technology can become. Fascinating stuff.

My first reaction was one of a bit of skepticism at the label "addiction." But consider the definition of the word (from "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma."

One can definitely be enslaved to technology (in the sense of habit-forming attachment). And if you read the graphic, it sounds like some people go through "severe trauma" when they are separated from their smartphone/Facebook/computer. So are you addicted to this blog? You will only know if you try to stop reading and then experience severe trauma!


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。