Yes, this is one of those types of blog posts:)  It’s like anything else out there, people getting addicted to texting, etc, with technology.  As a matter of fact we do have internet addiction centers in the US.  This was diagnosed at IAD, internet addiction disorder. 

Hospital in Pennsylvania Opens First Inpatient Treatment for Internet Addiction–Was I Correct Back in 2010 When I Stated “Data Addiction Was The Next Upcoming 12 Step Program”

What makes this interesting is the documentation of the doctors here when the Google Glasses imagewere taken away, which were worn by the way as part of his job.  It doesn’t say whether the job required the use or if the man decided to use them on his own though.  The right hand kept going for the temple after the Google Glasses had been taken away from him as part of his treatment and he was trying to navigate even without the glasses. 

The doctors concluded he had developed a link between use and reward.  In addition the man said he had dreams of seeing the world as a smalls square as in Google Glass.  After a 35 day treatment the patient seems to show reduced symptoms.  I know we have to somewhat laugh at this to a degree but when it gets down to it we all have “some “ addiction to the internet or some app, etc.  This was the first reported case of Google Glass and yes Google Glass still has good healthcare use for doctors as it frees their hands to have more eye to eye time with patients so I guess the moral here is “take them off or turn them off once in a while”:)  BD

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According to the doctors at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP), the man, who was initially admitted for alcoholism treatment, wore Google's smart headset for up to 18 hours a day, and reported feeling irritable and aggressive when stripped of the wearable technology.

This was diagnosed as internet addiction disorder (IAD).

The treatment that the 31-year-old received has been published in the journal Addictive Behaviours, where doctors noted that "the patient has a history of a mood disorder most consistent with a substance-induced hypomania overlaying a depressive disorder, anxiety disorder with characteristics of social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder, and severe alcohol and tobacco use disorders".

As part of admittance to the program, all electronic devices are taken away from patients, and the removal of Google Glass reportedly triggered a response.

Doctors observed a "notable, nearly involuntary movement of the right hand up to [the patient's] temple area and tapping it with his forefinger", which is the action used to activate and navigate around the device. It can also be controlled by voice command.

Dr Andrew Doan, co-author of the paper and head of SARP, said the patient's extended use of the device for his work had created a neurological link between use and reward.


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