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

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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
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kristy
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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.
Jw van Eck
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
By: Larry D. Rosen
256 pages
Non-Fiction

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
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Peter Galamaga
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Heidi
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.
Amanda M
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Beth
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NY Times liked this book also. They summarize it better than I could & I agree with their review!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/bus...
Sandie
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.
Victoria
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.
Tasha
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Ilib4kids
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
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Tina
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Riki H.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
Larry D. Rosen
256 pages
Non-Fiction

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
...more
James Perkins
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Matthew
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
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Joseph Hirsch
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
Phillip Elliott
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
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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
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Candy Sparks
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Gena
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Madara
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susan
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nancy Dobson
This was interesting and scary! As our tech obsessions grow, I think we will see more of these types of "disorders." The book is well-written, though some of the explanations get very clinical and seem a little repetitive. This book does make me rethink my own use of technology, and serves as a good reminder to balance tech use with other activities and time doing real things.
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