Too much Google Glass lands one man treatment for Internet addiction

Google logoA man who used Google Glass for 18 hours a day was admitted to a substance abuse and recovery program for Internet addiction disorder, according to a report from The Guardian Tuesday and a scientific paper published about the patient. The man reported that he became "irritable and argumentative" when he could not wear his Glass, and he started viewing dreams as if they were projected through Glass's tiny display.

The 31-year-old man was serving the US Navy at the time he was admitted to the program, where he was using Google Glass in his job making inventories of convoy vehicles, according to Newsweek. He had a history of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. He only removed the device to sleep and take showers.

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Internet addiction disorder is not officially recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but it's listed as an area for further study. When the man entered the Navy's treatment center in September 2013, doctors observed he would tap his fingers at his temple, as if he were using the Google Glass touchpad. On completing treatment at the center, the tapping behaviors had stopped and the man reported less irritability over not having the device on his face constantly. He was then sent to a 12-step program for alcohol abuse.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Google Glass

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