Is the web driving us mad?
Remember when Jason Russell, creator of KONY 2012, was seen to be pounding his palms into the pavement in the nude near his home in San Diego? Tony Dokoupil writes about Russell’s temporary psychosis and why this may be a result of the web’s major impact on Russell’s mental health - and how it could affect your own. In his own words, “The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the internet - portable, social, accelerated and all-pervasive - may be making us not dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.”