First, the crazy part. A California psychologist says all our phones and digital devices might actually be making people mentally ill “especially those who are prone to narcissism, for example, or to depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder.” The NYTimes reviews Larry D. Rosen’s new book, “iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us”. Some nice tid-bits: “ 70 percent of those who report heavily using mobile devices experience “phantom vibration syndrome,” which is what happens when your pocket buzzes and there’s no phone in your pocket?” That happens with me pretty regularly. Also interesting: “heavy use of Facebook has been linked to mood swings among some teenagers? Researchers are calling this “Facebook depression.”’ I thought that was when you spotted the super-cute girl from high-school still looking super-cute on Facebook, 20 years later.
“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VABEFORE YOU GO