Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 New Digital Age Brain Disorders

The Week has an interesting article by Tammy Kennon about five new brain disorders that are a result of the digital age in which we live. According to Cognitive Neuroscientists, all the time we spend in front of screens has changed the way we read and comprehend.

The five new disorder are:

1. Nomophobia
Also know as "No-Mobile Phobia," nomophobia is the fear of "being separated from one's phone or tablet." Feelings can range from panic to desperation.

2. Technoference
Tech devices can interrupt leisure time, conversations, and meals and intimacy with others. The researchers found the higher technoference the lower relationships and one's satisfaction with life.

3. The phantom ring
The terms refer to the perception that one's mobile device is ringing or vibrating when it is not.

4. Cyberchondria
Hypochondria is not a new disorder, but the internet has taken it to the next level. In the broadest definition, cyberchondria refers to people who research and diagnose their own illnesses online. Some take this to the extreme and the self-diagnosis may, in fact, be wrong.

5. Truman Show Delusion
Named after the 1998 move, The Truman Show, The Truman Show Delusion is the false perception that ones life is being broadcast, according to Colin Lecher at Popular Science. "The resulting delusions aren't real, but they certainly aren't random: They're a half-skip past reality, a snippet of the world taken and blown out of proportion." According to leading experts in the field of psychiatry, the disorder is not a new diagnosis but a fresh twist on persecutory and grandiose illusions.
Personal note: In the 19 years since The Truman Show, that fact that our lives are being broadcast is more fact than fiction (eg: Facebook live, snooping by The Internet of Things devices, online tracking).

Source: 5 new brain disorders that were born out of the digital age - The Week

Related reading: Internet addiction disorder Wikipedia

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