21 janvier 2016 / 07 h 17 / Infomania
I was recently described, to my face, as a “modern digital junkie.”
This diagnosis was given to me, half in jest, by Dr. Dimitrios Tsivrikos, consumer psychologist at University College London, when I described my symptoms to him. After spending my workday tapping, swiping and emailing, I come home and — despite my exhaustion and twitching eyes — I want to consume more online. But I’m not even absorbing the articles, tweets and posts that I peruse. I’m just skipping from page to page, jumping from link to link.
There’s another word for my problem. It’s infomania, defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer.” And I’m far from alone.
Kelsey Lakowske, a listener in California, emailed me in desperation. “I want to read all these articles about everything from the latest scientifically engineered sugar substitute to an in-depth analysis of Donald Trump’s hair,” she said. “It’s like a different flavor of FOMO.… It’s fear of missing out, but missing out on content — and on knowledge. With limited time and mental resources, there’s no way to get through it all.” […]
Los Angeles Times, Manoush Zomorodi: “Hi, I’m a digital junkie, and I suffer from infomania.”