I think they need to narrow their definition of addiction a bit. In my humble opinion, a habit is only an addiction when it starts to harm other aspects of your life or lives of others. Spending your free time messing with your phone isn't really an addiction unless it's gettingi n the way of your social life, work, or even financial well-being.
Perhaps they should reword the article to say "Technological Gluttony" instead of addiction.
On a more serious note. In South Korea, gaming and all the related interested that are considered social stigma's in the US, are much more widely accepted there. So I could see how reports of excessive use would draw media attention here in the states. As long as you're happy and aren't hurting others, I saw do what you please.
I agree with Sackyhack...
The rest of the world has no business in how I spend my free time, unless I am harming others, or hindering their way of life in some way.
However, I do think that there is a line where you should know to stop.
Additional stress from being "outside a wi-fi hotspot zone" or "without the comfort of your mobile device nearby" can definitely be seen as harmful to a persons mental health and aspects of life.
"Technological Gluttony" would be considered over-consumption of technology but I don't know if that's the case since their not necessarily buying unecessary amounts of tech but consuming HIGH amounts of media through technology, and with the wealth and diversity of media I can almost see how that exposure COULD be a good thing in certain circumstances. But the balance between time spent in the digital world compared to physical could definitely be considered gluttonous
Korea definitely has a lot of social facilitation into digital media and technology though, bucking the trend and leaving that "digital world" is almost like ostracizing yourself from society and the people in your environment since that's where so many people are for 8+ hours of the day apparently
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