So I’m listening to NPR, and they’re doing a piece on WiFi access at KOA (Kampgrounds of America) campgrounds. And I’m irritated to no end. But why? A hand full of people with tons of knowledge and experience, discussing; why this isn’t camping, the technical difficulties of putting up wireless in the wilderness, and whether or not the internet’s an addiction.
Hmm, well first of all. The internet isn’t an addiction, in the same sense that fire isn’t alive. Oh I’m sure there are some poor whackjobs out there that are indeed addicted to things on the internet, and when they’re taken away they’ll cry like little babies, but that’s any real, actual, addiction.
The internet itself is just a bunch of computers strung together granting various degrees of access to one another.. That’s a pretty esoteric concept to get addicted to.. I’d hope this would help put to bed some of this silliness, but nobody in charge of psychology is reading this.