Good Example Of Google Glasses Critical Thinking
Type of paper: Critical Thinking
Topic: Addiction, Disorders, Google, Study, Glasses, Internet Addiction, Issue, Psychology
How Useful is the Article to Me
How Could I Do Differently Next Time
One of the emerging issues in the modern times concerning the use of recently developed technologies used in daily basis is the Internet Addiction Disorder (Satel & Lilienfeld, 2013, p. 141). It may not be technically included in the recent list of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders but it is acknowledged by the authors of the American Journal of Psychiatry (US Department of Health, 2010, p.3).
Addiction is considered to be a mental disorder or a disease associated with the malfunctions of the brain. Addiction as a mental disorder is also associated with the increased neurotransmitter activities in the brain such as dopamine especially at reward experiences. One major recent example of the Internet Addiction Disorder was reported by Yung et al (2015), which is the use of Google Glasses.
According to Gorayshi (2014) in the article ‘Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device’, some of the patients suffer symptoms such as withdrawals which are associated with addiction. The article’s objective is to report the recent phenomenon observed by Yung and their colleagues about the symptoms of internet addiction by the use of Google Glasses. Addiction is a mental disorder that could result to other severe disorders in the brain such as emotional and social impairment (US Dep.artment of Health, 2010, p.3)
The study shows how symptoms were diagnosed as addiction as well as how it was treated. The treatment method shows relationship or association with the other mental disorders associated with addiction. Although the understanding of the internet addiction disorder is not yet complete, the researchers are certain about the case of the US navy patient (Yung et al, 2015, p.58).
The article and the study both have the goal to report and disperse the information about how the internet addiction disorder could affect the lives of the people and how the new technologies could be the source of new addiction or mental disorders. The article could be helpful to internet users in order to be aware of the possible addiction since awareness is one major way to avoid the brain disorder.
The only mental disorder classified as addiction aside from substance abuse is gambling. Internet Addiction disorder is not yet considered although there are recent studies about it. Addiction is associated with the increased brain activities during the reward experience such as the felling of pleasure and felling of excitement (Satel & Lilienfeld, 2013, p.141). Since the use of internet especially the Google Glasses could provide the users pleasure and excitement, people might develop an addiction to it causing more mental disorders. According to the study of Yung et al (2014), Internet Addiction Disorder is diagnosed to individuals having problematic abuse of online games, internet surfing and using mobile devices.
The issue is significant in the modern times due to the increasing mobile gadgets that could result to more people indulging themselves to internet use. One of these gadgets is the Google Glasses which was considered by the Time Magazine as the best invention of 2012. It is a wearable device for the eyes which is equipped with optical display and could be used to connect and surf the internet (Eysenbach, 2015, p6).
The use of Google Glasses is believed to have negative effects such as headaches and decrease awareness on the physical surroundings. However, its addictive characteristics is not yet understood or scientifically established although the study of Yung et al (2014), started its study by reporting a case of addiction on using Google Glasses.
Addiction is a mental disorder that could result to other severe disorders in the brain such as emotional and social impairment (US Department of Health, 2010, p.3). The issue of internet addiction using Google Glasses which was presented by Gorayshi (2014), could become relevant if it were scientifically proven to be a mental disorder such as alcoholism and other drug abuse or addiction problems.
It has been reported in the national press such as the article by Gorayshi (2014), in order to have a warning to the public about the possible addictive characteristic of the use of Google Glasses. It is also a national issue due to the large amounts of internet users and users of the mobile devices (US Department of Health, 2010, p.3).
The study of Yung et al (2015) is about the case of internet addiction with the use of Google Glasses. The patient is assessed in the residential substance abuse treatment program in which, the patient is observed for several reactions from the withdrawal of the use of the mobile device. According to them, it is the first reported case of internet addiction disorder which is associated with the use of Google Glasses. The main objective of the study is to analyze the case of the patient having internet addiction problems with the use of Google Glasses by evaluating his reactions on the addiction treatment.
The patient is treated and observed in the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program (SARP) for alcoholism. During his treatment it was observed that the patient exhibited unusual behavior such as involuntary tapping of the forefinger of the right hand up to the patient’s temple area. The movement was depicted as using the Google Glasses even if the patient is not equipped with the mobile device.
Another main finding from the study is that the patient exhibited severe frustrations and irritation during the time he is not using the Google Glasses. The patient is also very argumentative when not using the Google Glasses. The patient also experiences dreaming of using the Google Glasses.
In analyzing the study, it could be observed that its reliability comes from the professions of the author as well as the intention of the journal. They wanted to inform the scientific community about the possible internet addiction problem related with the use of Google Glasses. They also wanted to inform the public about the possible additive properties of using the said mobile device. However, it is only limited to case analysis of one patient which is not safe for further conclusions. The study needs further analysis other than the cases analysis in order to have sufficient information about the issue of internet addiction.
The study did not consider the possibility of the alcoholism as the factor or the main cause of the internet addiction. The study is only focused on the fact that addiction is a brain disorder caused by the reward stimulation in the brain caused by increased activities of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. However, the method of the study could not support the basis of their hypothesis. The method is only based on the response of the patient on the treatment process given to him.
The most obvious or common impact of the article as well as the study is the public’s use and acquisition of Google Glasses. It could create awareness for the public about the possible addictive characteristics of the use of the mobile device (US Department of Health, 2010, p.3). It could also result to the awareness about the internet addiction disorder which could be common in the modern times due to the easy accessibility of the developed technology (US Department of Health, 2010, p.3).
Another main effect or impact of the article and the study is the awakening of the scientific community about the study of the possible mental disorder associated with the internet addiction with the use of Google Glasses. The article and the study could have negative effects on the sales of mobile device but it could help the public to improve awareness towards the issue (Ghorayshi, 2014, n.p.). The article could have serious effects on the economic growth of the company that owns the Google Glasses since it is a very good marketable product which has a high value.
The issue should be taken seriously since many people could access the internet as well as afford to use Google Glasses (Tam & Walter, 2013, p.2). Addiction to these mobile devices could result to other social problems (Eysenbach, 2015, p.6). Since the article and published study emphasizes the initial case of internet addiction with the use of Google Glasses, then the scientific community should provide concerns about the issue and try to study further analysis (Ghorayshi, 2014, n.p.).
If the internet addiction is possible for Google Glasses, then the product should be avoided by the public since it could cause other mental disorders. The scientific community should find ways in proving the relationship of mental disorders and the use of Google Glasses.
How Useful is the Assessment
The assessment of the article as well as the study could be useful in analyzing and evaluating the issue provided in the publications. The main issue which is tackled in article and is proven by the study is the internet addiction disorder which could be driven by the use of Google Glasses. The assessment could be useful in evaluating the credibility of the issue and analyzing how it could affect the public as well as the scientific community. The assessment of the publications could also be helpful in practicing my own skills in evaluating arguments and facts presented.
The main challenges for me in assessing the publications are the lack of knowledge in the proper assessment of publications. There are critical factors that should be considered in the assessment of the article as well as the study which I could forget to analyze. The assessment of the arguments as well as how it is presented could be simple. I could use the credibility of the authors as well as the method in which the arguments is presented. However, the assessment of the arguments based on the facts could be more challenging for me since I should have sufficient knowledge in analyzing facts.
What Would I Do Differently Next Time
In order to avoid the challenges and difficulties I experienced in the assessment of the publications, I would study first the guidelines in assessing articles and issues. I would also study the issue thoroughly in order to have an assessment about its impact on major aspects such as social, economic and political.
Before I assess the article, I should first assess the study in order to evaluate the issue properly. Sometimes, arguments in the articles are often equipped with modes of persuasions in order to attract readers in believing the authors. Unlike the articles, the study publications are only presented as arguments based on scientific facts. I could use some help in evaluating the impact of the publications since I lack knowledge about the effects of several issues on the economic, social and political aspects.
I will also have proper research about the related concepts and ideas about the issue before I assess the publications. Proper and sufficient knowledge about the concepts related to the issue is important in the evaluation of the arguments and facts. For the next publications that I will assess, I will start on studying the issue thoroughly by taking up the both sides of the issue. It is most safe to assess the both sides of the issue before assessing one side. It could help in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments or the issue itself.
Eysenbach, G. 2015. Intelligent glasses, watches, and vests Oh my! Rethinking the meaning of “Harm” in the age of wearable technologies. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 3(1), e6
Ghorayshi, A. 2014. Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by device. The Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/14/google-glass-user-treated-addiction-withdrawal-symptoms. [Accessed 24 April 2015]
Satel, S., & Lilienfeld, S. 2013. Addiction and brain-disease fallacy. Front Psychiatry, 4, 141-144
Tam, P., & Walter, G. 2013. Problematic internet use in childhood and youth: evolution of a 21st century affliction. Australasian Psychiatry
US Department of Health. 2010. The science of addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Available at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/sciofaddiction.pdf. [Accessed 24 April 2015]
Yung, K., Eickhoff, E., Davis, D., Klam, W., & Doan, A. 2015. Internet addiction disorder and problematic use of Google Glass in patient treated at a residential substance abuse treatment program. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 58-60