Now Silicon Valley Warns of Device Addiction
Take a break from iPhones, iPads, tech leaders warn
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2012 10:51 AM CDT
Step away from the iPhones.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – You'd think those who work in Silicon Valley, of all places, would want you to be utterly dependent upon your smartphones and tablets—but increasingly, those in the tech industry are actually worried about users' growing addiction to their devices. People "need to notice the effect that time online has on your performance and relationships," says a director who works ... at Facebook. The shift is apparent at conferences and in interviews with many in the field, the New York Times reports.

"We’re done with this honeymoon phase and now we’re in this phase that says, 'Wow, what have we done?'" says one organizer of a conference that aims to find a tech-life balance. Founders and high-level employees from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and other big companies attended; increasingly, such companies are offering meditation and similar exercises in an effort to encourage staff to occasionally "disconnect." But not all tech leaders buy into the idea. A Zynga co-founder, for example, admits that millions of Zynga users are addicted to dopamine, but says they already craved that and he simply provided it

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Jul 24, 2012 11:50 AM CDT
Hands of my iPhone and iPad. I can quit anytime I want.
Jul 24, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
This is another case of people not being able to find a comfortable balance between two extremes. Smart phones are extremely useful, and I use mine off and on all day long. That being said, I'm definitely not addicted to it, because I only use it when I need to use it. I don't sit and have 3 hour text conversations, I don't aimlessly watch Youtube until I've killed my battery, but I do use my phone pretty frequently. I look at it like I look at drinking. You're not an alcoholic if you can still live your life just as well drunk as you can sober.