Geek to the Core Podcast

Episode 11 | The Internet and Anxiety

Kerry explores how the internet makes us anxious.

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  1. Suzanne Edminster
    Suzanne Edminster says:

    Thank you for this podcast! You said things that so many are feeling. I get very negative about the internet, but I also have the “mycelium” sense. I have seen magical things happen online as well. As I high school teacher, I repeatedly saw teens unable to disconnect from social media, for any reason– not just from a punitive, teacher-y, adult point of view. They also saw the damage, and still were unable to disconnect. It occurred to me that letting ourselves go into the online universe is really very much like a drug trip: a feeling of connection, magical events and sights not normally available, euphoria, ability to disconnect from “real life,” information and insights– but also the extreme letdown when you are not online, the residue of anxiety, emotions stirred with no outlet, a physical life and contacts left neglected, being indoors all the time, and the unknown effects of those repeated dopamine bursts on the system. Oh, this quote as well: Arthur C. Clarke said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But black magic or alchemical transformation? That is the internet. A return hug to you.

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