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

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  58 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Very informative & explains why a lot of society seems to be walking around with their heads up their butt.
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.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 words - Nar
Jw van Eck
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: isociety
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
Timothy Kisare
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Peter Galamaga
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Candy Sparks
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Interesting, but pretty dense to read and more detailed than I needed. The book shows how too much technology can aggeavate and even cause a variety of psycological disorders. The take-home poinrs I got out of it are don't be glued to your technology, limit use and take breaks, avoid multitasking, and spend time in nature.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
NY Times liked this book also. They summarize it better than I could & I agree with their review!
Dec 11, 2012 added it
Too much explanation of why technology feeds into our weaknesses and not a lot of general information on how to deal with our obsession with technology. Didn't actually finish as it was too long drawn out.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I fully expected this book to be terrible, judging by the star rating, but it actually wasn't that bad. It is always strange reading something about technology which is now eight years old, as I think that in many ways things have got worse rather than better, but there is definitely still a lot of relevance in this book.

Although many of us are intuitively aware that our obsession with technology is probably not healthy, this book actually gives psychological voice to that. Using known psycholog
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book introduces some potential psychological benefits and dangers of technology to non-experts. Each chapter in this book counterposes a mental illness (or illnesses) with a trend in technology. For example, one chapter talks about how technology (social media, message boards) can be used to overcome social isolation or exacerbate it. Since these are research-based issues, I often found myself wondering how research had changed since the book was published in 2012. Some assertions--like "fi ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am one of the remaining members of the world population who have neither a smartphone, tablet, or a laptop computer. I used to before my car accident; however, life changed.

Larry Rosen explores in iDisorder in several fascinating charts and diagrams how the world has changed. Please follow his journey. I used to be fascinated by all of this before my fun romp with neurology, and the memory of that joy kept me from disliking this altogether.

The imagery on the cover is fascinating. I wonder who
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5; I thought the research was there and many of the points were excellent, but much of his advice on how to deal with the problem felt like it would be in the ideal world or sounds very structured. One example is talking to your children about technology; I would hope that the flow would be more natural. I did appreciate the ideas though and might tweak them. Good ideas though and very much worth the read.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Purchased based on a recommedation. I was put of by the dry writing. I am a school counselor and am familiar with DSM5 diagnosis. Disappointed.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting but also very repetitive.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Every single chapter will convince you that you have a diagnosable disorder. Thankfully, the book offers tools in the form of assessments and tips to curb your burgeoning iDisorders.
Gaylord Dold
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Interesting and though provoking. Isn't as solution focused as I had hoped, focuses more on diagnoses and symptom presentation.
Riki H.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
James Perkins
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Joseph Hirsch
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The thesis of this book is that our collective dependence on technology is causing postmodern Man (or Teenager) to exhibit symptoms similar to those that mimic disorders like schizophrenia and Asperger's. I wasn't expecting deep analysis akin to something by Jacques Ellul, but the book is very much pitched at a pop/junk science level, similar to the kind of thing that would elicit glowing praise from the likes of David Brooks a big shrug from pretty much everyone else. There is some fascinating ...more
Mike Vardy
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Phillip Elliott
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The book is well written and the subject is interesting to me. The author seems to be authoritative on mental disorders and authentic in his belief he is not a Luddite.

I found the work to be monotonously repetitive and the author to blame significant behaviors on technology. He is the expert, I am not, and if he says he is not I respect this analysis. I would point out that the body of work seems to build substantial evidence that he is a Luddite, and one can envision him protesting the Horsele
John Crane
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Dr. Rosen is Professor Emeritus and Past Chair of the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology”

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