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iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  50 reviews
iDisorder: changes to your brain's ability to process information and your ability to relate to the world due to your daily use of media and technology, resulting in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders, such as stress, sleeplessness, and a compulsive need to check in with all of your technology. Based on decades of research and expertise in the "psychology of tec ...more
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Published March 26th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Douglas Tatelman
Another attempt to try to stretch a short anecdotal essay into a full fledged book.

Just typing, cutting and pasting and voila you got a book.
Steve H
My expectations didn't match my experience with this book. It was informative and raised a number of issues, but I'm not sure I now understand our obsession with technology, the way the subtitle promises. I was hoping we'd have some explanation of "why" we behave a certain way or an answer to "does this technology cause that?" However, the book deals with relationships and correlations. So, there's no proof that technology is doing this and such, but people who have a certain mental issue may us ...more
Crystal EVHS Mendoza
This is a very interesting book that talks about the social media addictions with today's teens. There's many things that I didn't know about and this book has opened my eyes to this.

Very informative & explains why a lot of society seems to be walking around with their heads up their butt.
Jw van Eck
A pleasant-to-read book about how modern technology is too overwhelming for many of us. Cyperspace has become an addiction and we are not able to resist the digital world, Rosen claims. Some examples: we cannot ignore our mobile phones even when we are in meaningful real-life conversations, we are afraid to answer questions without checking the internet for an answer and we strictly follow the instructions from our navigation devices (this I can only approve off). But these technologies cause pr ...more
Peter Galamaga
One of the sources for this book is quoted as follows: "What I’ve been doing over the last few months is attempting to convince people that we’re facing an issue that’s as important and unprecedented as climate change. And I call it ‘mind change’ because I think there’s certain parallels."

I would tend to agree.

This book outlines the impact that the heavy use of technology is having on people - and it isn't good.

Dr. Rosen doesn't propose the impossible - to get rid of it entirely. However, he adv
Timothy Kisare
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
By: Larry D. Rosen
256 pages

This book was about emotional, psychological disorders that can be caused or be worsen by the overuse of modern technology. This book talked about many kinds of personality disorders, such as a disorder that you always think you have a disease, or a disorder that you are the most significant existing human on Earth ( Narcissism ). It goes in depth though each disorder and des
James Perkins
Today, with the ubiquitousness of television, computer games, tablets and smart phones, most people in the developed world are using electronic devices almost continuously. This book shows how obsessive use of technology has created a society of people who behave as if they were mentally ill. Most people would not like to think of themselves that way, but just think - if you continually check Facebook and other social media, can't bear to be without your phone, ignore others at social gatherings ...more
Candy Sparks
That's it the internet and electronics are EVIL. EVIL I SAY. Just kidding, electronics are not evil they just make humans lazy.

Actually I really enjoyed this book. I was able to relate to some of the the theories and oddly enough they made sense. The lessons that this book provides gives you insight. There are quizzes and tables to see how bad you are with always gaming or texting. I now will practice a few of the techniques he offered in this book. No longer will I have a cell phone on the t
NY Times liked this book also. They summarize it better than I could & I agree with their review!
303.483 ROS
My review: this book discusses iDisorder, such as narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addition, depression, ADHD, social phobia, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, schizo disordres and voyeurism caused by computer usage.

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers(1965-1979), Net Generation(1080-1989), iGeneration(1990-1998)

Laptop ---> Netbook(light weight Laptop) --- > smartphone --->Tablet, e-reader -- > iPod, followed by iPod Touch, about music

Chap 2 Media start with "me": my
Gaylord Dold
Rosen, Larry D. iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2012 (256pp.$25)

No matter where we go---to a restaurant, a movie, a public restroom, and yes, even a funeral, people are seen clutching and using a slim device that allows them to do just about anything they can do from an Internet-enabled computer at home. Who hasn’t attended a so-called business meeting during which every person is staring at a MacBookPro and talk
May 05, 2012 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael Carnell
Recommended to Tina by: FSB Associates
We have the ability to be connected all day, every day, no matter where we are. In iDisorder, Larry Rosen talks about the increasing number of devices we own and how they relate to common disorders, especially in teens. We’ve become so dependent on them and the information they push out, that we often miss what’s in front of us. Using extensive research, especially in psychology, he shows how use of technology has become unhealthy for many people and offers strategies for finding balance.

Rosen o
The only psychology course I've ever taken was the Teacher's College version of developmental psychology, and it was great, but I don't pretend to be comfortable with the subject. That said, this book seems somewhat pop-y in its approach, which is both helpful and at times frustrating. Again, I really don't understand psychology-- how can opposing behaviors can *both* be indicators of the same disorder.

That said, there are some interesting statistics included, and some ideas about our relationsh
Riki H.
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
Larry D. Rosen
256 pages

This book was about emotional, psychological disorders that can be caused or be worsen by the overuse of modern technology. This book talked about many kinds of personality disorders, such as a disorder that you always think you have a disease, or a disorder that you are the most significant existing human on Earth ( Narcissism ). It goes in depth though each disorder and describ
Although i wouldn't call addiction as a disorder, the message of book is clear - human relationships are distorted in a negative way these days. Also, i think the recommendations how to avoid unhealthy virtual habits was not necessary. Main point of the book is to realize that nowadays there's a lack of real communication. There are described plenty of experiments about using mobile phones and social media. And it goes very creepy when you realize, that some of the situations are familiar.
Mike Vardy
The book is a bit of a heavy read, and is best left for those who know they have a problem and want to take the steps needed to overcome it. It is loaded with research and tips, which can be overwhelming to many. I’d suggest that you ease into this book first and see where it takes you. Don’t expect it to cure all of the symptoms of iDisroder – “everything in moderation” is a good motto with which to approach this book.

(And I’d further to suggest that you read the paper version of the book rathe
Certainly has me wanting to trim down on computer use. I must use it for my business, but other than that, I can certainly trim down on Facebook use. No smartphone in my home; just don't see the need for it. My flip phone works fine, still. I just refuse to be a part of that texting world. And, no TV since 1993. I'm not a Luddite, and have used Mac computers since the mid 80s, but this book gives some good insight to what all the screen and tech time is doing to our brains.
This book had a number of useful points that helped me, and when I shared it with others, they were interested, too. In summary, I would say the book is good at helping someone identify an iDisorder, but there was not really much recovery-related material. What there was felt like unproved advice or speculation about what might help.
John Crane
Although there were some interesting research studies in the text, most of the argument was rather weak. The style of the book drove me bats. Lots of "In my last book...." There were several points where I felt like we had gone into "advert mode." The idea that modern technology may aggravate symptoms of disorders is an interesting one, but the text often was simply descriptive of disorders, compared people who use computers to people with disorders, or philosophized on the nature of the disorde ...more
Doug Mckeever
The first thought that comes to my head is 'Shut up old man!'. A lot of the information in here is good and it led me to think a lot about my own technology use but the message is diminished by an overuse of new jargon such as: iDisorder and placing e- before far too many words.
Interesting, of course we are all narcissists it is part of the human condition to want to justify/edify our existence by making ourselves seemingly invaluable...and technology has fed right into this by giving us so many ways to flaunt, compare, and share...including goodreads of course.
Aurelia Brouwers
This book makes you think. Not only about society but also about yourself. You start monitoring yourself. Do I really check my Facebook page every 15 minutes (which is the average nowadays). Are some disorders like ADHD not actually technology related. Rosen calls such disorders e-disorders. Really a book which made me think.

I recommadate everyone to read this book. It will change your life.
I got this book as an Early Reviewer for Library Thing. I actually found it really entertaining (and a little bit scary). Basically, Larry Rosen takes common disorders found in the Diagnostic manual for mental health - like narcissism, obsessive compulsive disorder, mania and body image problems to name a few - and then shows how our excessive media use can make these issues worse if we tend towards them. There are lots of little quizzes - I gave both my boys the quiz to see if they were addicte ...more
Santosh Kalwar
Dr. Larry has something to say. And that something is very important for today's iGenerations.
Well researched book. I enjoyed reading this one for my own work.
First, let me confess that I just skimmed this book and read only the parts that I was most interested in. Rosen seems to postulate that the new technology obsession in our culture creates mental illnesses where, at least some of the time, none previously existed. I am not sure I agree with that hypothesis. I was looking for something more practical--how to deal with some of the "new" issues that come up--particularly teenager/parent issues--regarding video games, cell phones etc. The book had i ...more
Bethelle McPherson
Fascinating book about the way technology shapes us. Great read that makes you think about how much you use technology.
Cyrus Carter
Minimal research by yet another devil's advocate. Hard to read as there seemed to be little content.
Murat Doyduk
too much information, researches, tips.... overwhelming & no clear path to deal with it..
James D
Dr. Rosen is quite the master of the obvious. Perhaps I have spent too much time reading about the topic for this to seem revelatory, and it's not his fault.

He is quite the flatterer (of himself) though. He seems to be trying to convince the reader (right from the outset) that his is a book worth reading. For example, "[o]ne of the strengths of this book is that I come from a psychological perspective that integrates theory..."

I love some of the anecdotes in the book, and seeing the statistics
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