Is the Internet Engineered to Be Addictive?
be a stickler, but cell phones are not strictly internet devices. Leaving that aside, the general idea is clear: Whether strictly an addiction, or just a habit, there is an obvious phenomenon of problematic internet use. So why is it so widespread? Why isn't reading books, or engaging in sports, or even watching TV, not as common as the new epidemic of online-itis (this is not a technical term)? To paraphrase Robert Allen Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), the answer my friend is written in the code. Let me explain.