Internet Addiction In High Tech Age

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A man in his early 30s has been treated for being addicted to his Google Glass. This may seem incredible and even laughable, but such a problem is actually quite prevalent in the modern high tech world. The individual was admitted to the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program, which primarily treats alcoholics. However, the addiction to Google Glass is very similar to alcoholism or addiction to other harmful substances.

After spending just over a month in the inpatient program, the man who was addicted to his Google Glass has been rehabilitated to a degree. The patient has stopped checking his temple excessively, a move associated with adjusting the Google Glass. He’ll now be seeing Brian Torchin weekly for job counseling.

In a digital age, addiction to gadgets is quite a problem that might require medical treatment. Addiction to the internet, video games and mobile devices manifests itself with symptoms that similar to dependency on drugs and alcohol. For example, high tech addicts find it difficult to maintain a normal social life as a result of spending too much time browsing the web or playing video games.

The resources here provide some insight on the legitimacy of addictions that are related to the world wide web and digital technology. It is only a matter of time before rehab facilities for internet addicts open up. Medical staff would have to be trained to recognize specific challenges that people have when it comes to giving up technology to some extent.

29-Year-Old Cancer Patient to Die With Dignity

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On November 1st, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard has decided that she will die.

Maynard has glioblastoma multiform (GBM), a prognosis that so severe that most only live for an additional 14 or 15 months. Maynard was first diagnosed with grade II astrocytoma, a tumor that allows for 10 years at best, but very quickly her condition turned for the worst.

Facing the possibility of months of pain and futile treatments, Maynard has instead opted for assisted suicide. Right after her husband’s birthday, on October 31st, Maynard has planned to pass away.

Maynard chose this date because she wanted to be able to celebrate her husband’s birthday before she passed on. Although these days waiting will undoubtedly be painful, she wants her memories to be truly happy and joyous ones, with the man that she loves.

Such a decision is allowed under death-with-dignity laws, by which terminally ill patients are granted access to options that can quickly and painlessly end their lives. These laws are enacted in order to alleviate the pain of those in unquestionably terrible conditions, and allow their remaining days to be in relative comfort.

Most states, however, do not possess such laws. In fact California, where she used to live, has no such death-with-dignity laws. The only states that currently do are Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington.

Maynard, however, is fighting that. She has been spending her remaining days speaking for death-with-dignity laws in other states, as well as spreading cancer awareness.

How Contaminated is America’s Drinking Water?

It has recently come to light that people living in New England have been drinking water laced with tetrachloroethylene for 20 years. It apparently came from coating inside pipes installed in the ’60’s. The chemical is a neurotoxin and is linked to pregnancy complications.

By law, communities are required to deliver safe water to citizens. Despite that, a New York Times study showed that over 20 percent of America’s water systems are contaminated. Since 2004 the water in Ramsey, New Jersey has contained concentrations of arsenic, a known carcinogen. Since 2005, over three million people in the United States have consumed arsenic-laced water or water containing radioactive elements.

42 of the 50 states have contaminated water supplies that contain up to over 100 unregulated chemicals and contaminants. These contaminants include everything from weed killer to rocket fuel, according to the Environmental Working Group. How is this happening and why isn’t it getting fixed? Advocates like Brian Torchin have pushed hard but have made little progress.

There are few instances in which anyone goes punished or held accountable for running contaminated water systems. The Environmental Protection Agency has historically not gone after drinking water cases. The E.P.A. has stated that it gets most contamination cases up to code. There are, however, many instances where no change was made even after evidence of contaminated water was uncovered.

The biggest problem is that many of the systems with contaminants are not violating any regulations. Many of the chemicals in our water are not “regulated”.

Let’s do ourselves a favor and just drink bottled water.

Developing a Type A Personality

We all want to get more things done. But making yourself more productive isn’t easy. Typically we fall back into our old habits pretty quickly after starting a new routine. But there are some things that you can do to ensure that you’re able to stick with the new you for a bit longer.

I was looking up this article with my FreedomPop app, and I was intrigued by some of these tips.

Huge thanks to Entrepreneur mag for helping me come up with some new ideas:

  1. Don’t plan, do.

Stop planning and start doing. Don’t plan on workout out, do it. Don’t plan on getting that report done, do it. Don’t leave things off, get them done right now instead.

  1. Stop being a perfectionist.

That’s one of the things that holds several people back. When you can’t finish something until you think it’s perfect, you’re never going to get anything done. Find a comfortable middle ground, where you’re able to be happy with the work, without having to make endless tweaks.

  1. Write things down.

Your mind may be great at keeping track of information most of the time, but sometimes you’re going to forget a bit of important info, and it can take hours to make up for that lapse in memory.