Google Glass Addiction Described in First-Ever Reported Case
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A case study in the journal Addictive Behaviors outlines the first reported case of internet addiction disorder (IAD) with problematic use of the mobile device Google Glass. IAD is not recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5 but is characterized by the problematic use of online video games, computer use, and mobile handheld devices; individuals with IAD often experience severe emotional, social, and mental dysfunction in daily activities because of their problematic use of technology, specifically the internet. A 31-year-old male enrolled in the Navy’s Substance Abuse and Recovery Program (SARP) for alcohol use disorder had a history of a mood disorder most consistent with a substance-induced hypomania overlaying a depressive disorder, anxiety disorder with characteristics of social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder, and severe alcohol and tobacco use disorders. The patient had also been wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours each day except for while bathing and sleeping but was not allowed to use the device while in treatment. The patient began exhibiting withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, cognitive dysfunction, imagery during sleep of a small gray window (similar to the viewpoint when wearing the device), and an involuntary movement of tapping his right temple area (mimicking the action of turning on the device). During his 35-day residential treatment, the patient showed signs of reduced irritability, a reduction in the desire and motor action of moving his hand up to his temple, and improved eye contact, short-term memory, and clarity of thought process. After discharge from the program, he continued to have a strong desire to use the device but was hopeful regarding his sobriety and planned to utilize a 12-step program. Because IAD can be co-occuring with other addictive behaviors and substance abuse, clinicians should be aware of the potential for IAD along with comorbid psychiatric conditions; these conditions should be addressed in a comprehensive treatment plan.
Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is characterized by the problematic use of online video games, computer use, and mobile handheld devices. While not officially a clinical diagnosis according to the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), individuals with IAD manifest severe emotional, social, and mental dysfunction in multiple areas of daily activities due to their problematic use of technology and the Internet.