Internet addiction is either a minor issue or the scourge of mankind, depending on who you ask. The more devices allowing people to connect to the internet all the time, we really should have seen this news coming. A 31-year-old US Navy serviceman has become the first person to be diagnosed and treated for addiction to his Google Glass.
The man reportedly wore his Glass for up to 18 hours a day, presumably only taking it off to sleep properly. He was so attached to the device that he would constantly reach for the touch panel on the device, even if he wasn’t wearing it. If prevented from using the Glass he would quickly become irritable and distracted, which are the usual markers for addiction.
This is not to say that the Google Glass is a highly addictive device. The person in question has had a history of compulsion and other mental disorders that make him more susceptible to this sort of thing. Glass users do not run the risk of becoming addicts unless they also share the same mental condition; although Google would probably be quite happy to hear that their creation is good enough to get people addicted to using it.
[Source: Science Direct]