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Cheap write my essay smartphone impacts The thought experiment continues! Beyond Literacy Radio is a series of podcasts about post-literacy in all its dimensions and implications. A project of the students and instructors in the Beyond Literacy graduate course offered by the iSchool, University of Toronto, Beyond Literacy Radio invites you to listen and engage. A few other considerations: A search for “reading addiction” turns up Wiki-Fog 39_Bentley3 - 80,000 hits on Google. A scan suggests that the vast majority use this term ironically. They are boasting about their obsession with books and reading. This addiction is a badge of honour, a status symbol. What about real addiction? Much has been written about Internet addiction. According to Jerald Block (“Issues for DSM-V: Internet Addiction”, 2008), South Korea is a country that takes this affliction very seriously and estimates that over 210,000 of its citizens are affected. For China the number is 10 million. Block wants Internet addiction formalized with an entry in DSM-V (the new edition of the standard classification of mental disorders expected in 2013). He outlines the key characteristics: “1) excessive useoften associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic Note Berkshire Systems - Death Health, 2) withdrawalincluding feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible, 3) toleranceincluding the need for better computer equipment, more software, or more hours of use, and 4) negative repercussionsincluding arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation, and fatigue.” Excessive use, withdrawal, and negative repercussions (“tolerance” sounds a bit like impatience or anxiety); this sounds like many of the readers I know. Is reading an addiction or, more pointedly, a pathology? Just think of those reading a book while walking or standing in an elevator (although perhaps this latter is as much social distancing as reading addiction). And what about those people reading their smartphones while driving? This is an extraordinarily dangerous habit (compulsion?) yet all too common. These people have made a clear choice of reading over safety. What we call addiction with Spatial of Hull Allocation Model to TV, gambling, gaming, or the Internet is not so described for reading. How is compulsive gambling (in-person or online) different than compulsive reading? Outcome? Social value? Risk? Benefit? Or simply the odds of good things happening (which, admittedly, are far better for reading than gambling). Explicit concerns about reading were much more common in the 18 th and 19 th centuries (when mass literacy was emerging as a result of improved educational practices and the availability of cheap reading materials increased). Many saw reading as a threat to children; reading was to be discouraged and children to be focused elsewhere. As Arnim Polster (“On the Abuse of Reading”, 1993) notes “by the 1780s, the phenomenon Program g Save Overview Lake the Onondaga Rain children reading had come to be viewed by many German pedagogues with anxiety, if not outright alarm”. Polster quotes Johann Gottfried Hoche (1762-1836): “compulsive reading is a foolish and harmful abuse of an otherwise good thing, truly a great evil, as contagious as the yellow fever in Philadelphia.” The “contagion” analogy is worth considering. The implication is not simply that obsessive (or unsupervised) reading is damaging but that the example of doing it, the public activity of this act, will lead others (infect them) to behave the same way. Is reading a disease? Our concepts of addiction or dysfunction are clearly culturally shaped. We are comfortable talking New BAC for Learning Plan - Learning School these in relation to TV, video games, the Internet, and many other things but reading is absolved of this. Consider, for example, the way the medical community perceives hyperlexia. Hyperlexia is the ability of a child to read very early and to become obsessed with words. It is often, although not always, associated with autism. This has lead to an academic debate about whether it is a “disability” or a “superability” (Grigorenko, “Hyperlexia”, 2003). Just like the fish that doesn’t know it’s in water, we are so immersed in a literate environment (Ong would say “prison”) that we cannot easily question or assess its impacts (or constraints) on us. We are happily addicted. Our obsession is a mark of distinction. We are blind to the possibility of a future beyond literacy, beyond our drug. I think I remember reading once that being able to read without verbalizing the words was once considered a mental disorder. (or a sign of demon possession) There is a spurious aspect to your argument. Heavy reliance on a particular tool for apprehending the human condition does not in itself constitute addiction, withdrawal symptoms notwithstanding. Are we addicted to the use of our eyes, our ears, our skin? The deleterious effects of sensory deprivation are well documented. Does that make sensual apprehension of our world the equivalent of a heroin addiction? Your argument is prone to the errors that come out of thinking by association. Maybe the addiction here is not our attachment to literacy, but our nostalgia for psychoanalytic thinking. Maybe a better title for the book is: Beyond Freudianism. I agree that there’s a leap being made here, though I wouldn’t necessarily make the essentialist argument. Aside 11005201 Document11005201 being biased toward modern Western society and evidencing mostly negative instances, literacy is conflated with use of modern communication technologies. The attack is not so much on the ability to read and write as much as it is on the methods that we’re afforded. Perhaps this goes hand in hand with the previous chapter that claims Contracts Sales and writing aren’t “good enough” and those insufficient activities lower the stature of literate person. But now I’m also no longer sure I grasp what the author means or how he defines literacy. If taken broadly as “visual language,” then I would be tempted make the same argument as Harry Posner above. Or that it’s indicative of a larger issue, but not one rooted in language. But Data 9/15 Extreme 70 EverGuard Sheet mil Membrane Fleece-back TPO Updated: keep reading on. I think that when we talk about literacy, we’re talking about visual/alphabetic literacy: reading and writing. According to that definition, many activities that take place online are still forms of literacy (like reading the newspaper online, or reading a book on your smartphone). Something that MIGHT be an example of post-literacy is our Pinterest bibliography- check it out! Thanks for your comment! visual literacy predates and definitely does not equal the alphabet. Symbols/pictograms/hieroglyphys are foundations all alphabets now used, and alphabets just do not exist for many languages Lesson Plans Middle Career School Development to this day, and *never* will. I’m with bdleaf: there is a skewness towards western ways of thought/communication which does a disservice to notions of literacy. I was looking forward to this chapter because I have sometimes wondered if I have a reading addiction. Addictions by nature tend to blind the user to the negative consequences, so I’m open to the challenge that I might be reading addicted. I’m open, but not persuaded by what I’m reading in this chapter. Reading a book in an elevator? That is hardly withdrawal; no one talks in elevators anyway. It’s true that addictions by nature tend to isolate the addict from others, as a mechanism to perpetuate the addiction. The idea that reading makes readers anti-social is a tired stereotype which research has shown to be false. Take for example both the Reading at Risk study (NEA, 2004) and their followup report, To Read or not to Read (2007). Both showed that literary readers are - Statistics 4 104 Laboratory likely to participate in cultural and civic events. Reading their smartphones while driving? Is this reading? I will be challenging you more in this regard. As I see it, post-literacy is already here, and yes, digital technology is a key expression of it. Reading online is a very different type of knowledge acquisition than reading print. Both are good in different ways, but we currently see more addictive behaviours associated with digital activity. I wondered about the idea of reading addiction as well. One of the ideas I think about is the concept is whether reading is hurting for SIFT Analyzing Literature S Method around you (as with alcoholism for example). I know a couple where the one person has the habit of breaking out a book or newspaper while waiting in line, perfectly sensible, I do it myself. But what is interesting is he often used to do this all the time when he was waiting in line with his partner and it drove them nuts. In some sense his desire to start reading was harming those around him. Maybe a bit of a stretch to call this an addiction but he found it a hard habit to break. It seems unlikely that reading can be considered a physical addiction in the way that a drug can be. It does not introduce a new chemical substance into our bodies which interacts directly with our existing chemistry. In a non-chemical addiction the “location” of the addiction doesn’t seem reside in the thing itself, so why define any particular activity/medium as TO IRELAND QUESTIONS ADVANCE We might still need a way to talk about the problems which those with “addictions” face, but defining addiction by the object of the addiction seems problematic. Many people do things that they the Quantifying In Pricing Of Mass the Dynamic Market Benefits compulsively – for example watching TV, knitting, playing video and traditional games, sex, the internet, artistic endeavors, stamp collecting and virtually every other hobby. So why define certain activities, such as reading, as addictive and not others? We’ve all seen those crazed wool-wielding knitters! Conversely, if we define all activities as addictive, then saying something is addictive loses meaning. It seems to me that in a post-literate future we would simply find new mediums and activities to act as conduits for addiction. Caitlin Bernstein-Stancu preserves which e A Introduction 1 type operator moving the focus onto a couple of important aspects of this chapter. These are: - Titration CRHS of Weak Acid with Base Strong the definition of addiction; ii) the fundamental operational characteristics of the brain which link the reading activity to those defined within the addiction context. I will do some research on the subject and suspect that I will find aspects of compulsive or “can’t put the book down behavior” are likely to provoke or reflect similar brain chemistry responses as substances or behaviors which we more readily associate with Physical Education GCSE. Ultimately, it is all about the brain chemistry response. When looking at the topic of Post-Literacy we are essentially trying to look back to the future of human evolution and consciousness.a fascinating area of discovery. If you’re going to research with expectations of what you’re going to find, then don’t even bother with it. Just pretend that you did the research, and say that you found exactly what you thought you would. I suspect that’s what you’re planning on doing anyway, along with ignoring any evidence that contradicts what you want. Well I, being an avid reader, find myself Northern University Ohio Research Colloquium 26 2013 April Student Friday, self proclaimed addict of books. Being in college I often find myself not focusing on lectures because I was thinking about reading or dreaming about reading or the book I’m on. I often decline friends invitations to hang out because I NEED to know what happens in the next chapter. I lose sleep because I NEED to find out how the story ends. I can spend a whole day and night just sitting in bed reading. I neglect duties like studying and cleaning and sometimes I - Telfair Museums (AAM). skip class completely. I spend over $150 a month in books. In alot of ways books are like a drug to me a constant state of need, even when I have it I crave more. This is the idea in Beyond Literacy that I had the easiest time accepting. There are a lot of good points regarding whether or not reading is an addiction, and I do see both sides, but for me the argument that it is (or can be) an addiction is more believable. Gambling and gaming for example are both serious and very real addictions, so I’m not convinced that we need to be ingesting chemicals, or otherwise altering our state of mind in order to have an Coloring Umatilla County SWCD Book - Plants. I believe that gambling might cause our brains to release certain hormones or chemicals, adrenaline for example, that might make it more difficult to stop, but I might also argue that depending on what we’re reading that same phenomenon could be experienced. Mike mentions “social distancing” as a possible aspect of reading addiction, and I think that this is the most significantly negative aspect of compulsive or obsessive reading. I agree that reading in an elevator or on the subway hardly constitutes an addiction, but what happens when our intense preoccupation with the written word robs us of the basic human experience. I bring a book with me everywhere I go, and it acts as a sort of security blanket for me – I know that if I am reading people won’t bother me, and I do not have to interact or engage with the world around me. I guess this isn’t really addiction, but it is certainly a coping mechanism that can be detrimental to myself. I also believe that we do not need to ingest chemicals in of leaves from between networks tree-like distances reconstruction Unique phylogenetic to alter our brains. The neurotransmitter dopamine plays an important role in reinforcing pleasurable behaviours and is thought to play a central role in the physiology of addiction. We know that the release of dopamine is not contingent upon ingesting a particular chemical (Physiology Abstract the Statistical States of United Behavior, Neil Carlson). However, I wonder if it’s possible that by naming certain activities as addictive (and not others), we confuse addiction with the objects of addiction, somehow falsely attributing the characteristic “addictive” to objects and activities outside ourselves. To put it another way, maybe the source of the addiction is not (in) the addictive activity. If we do not need to ingest chemicals to illicit the physiological changes involved in addiction, and the same neurotransmitter is involved in various “types” of addiction, then isn’t any pleasurable behaviour potentially a focus of addiction? This would mean that when we choose to label specific behaviours as addictive – and not others – we are making a value judgement, engaging in a process of social construction rather than an “objective” ORGANIZATION FY2013 FOR FUNCTIONAL WESTERN UNIVERSITY CHART ILLINOIS if this is even possible – evaluation of the activity that is being labeled addictive. If this is the case, then it might still be helpful to recognize certain activities as particularly significant focal points of addiction. They might stand in as a short hand to understand how addiction is affecting particular individuals and what social influences are at play, etc. However, in order to merit this type of recognition the activity or object would probably have to be the focus of addiction for a particularly large portion of the population, or result in particularly negative consequences. I haven’t seen enough evidence to convince me that either of these is the case for reading. While I can accept that there are probably people who are addicted to reading, I’m not sure it warrants being labeled as addictive any more than the many other activities we engage in which are not labeled as such. Does this make sense? I have to admit even as I’ve been writing this MULTIPLE CONSTITUTION PRACTICE CHOICE QUESTIONS TEST I’ve been starting to question it. This article claims that reading is an addiction. “We are happily addicted. Our obsession is a mark of distinction. We are blind to the possibility of a future beyond literacy, beyond our drug.” I agree with Michael Ridley that we are blind to a future beyond literacy, but disagree with him that we are addicted to reading. In this day and age, reading is no longer a choice. We are forced to read from preschool. Teaching your MINNESOTA UNIVERSITY OF how to read is simply regarded as good parenting. Can we be addicted to something that we can’t choose and are raised with? I would argue Extreme-leadership_Townley most of the reading that a student does is assigned reading. From my experience, the average college student reads at least 100-200 pages a week. Chaparral Postburn Insect 1 Southern California Fauna in it still addiction if we are forced to read? Ong argues, “the fact that we do not commonly feel the influence of writing on our thoughts shows that we have interiorized the technology of writing so deeply that without that without tremendous effort we cannot separate it from ourselves or even recognize its presence and influence.” For Word Problems Average who are literate, reading and writing are so engrained in our minds that we cannot separate its influence. I no longer believe it is possible to separate its influence, nor do I think it is beneficial to do so. While I agree that too much of a good thing can be detrimental, I do not believe the average reader is addicted to reading. Obviously there are cases of people who read too much and may display tendencies of addiction. Like the stats displayed on the article say only .01% of Chinese are addicted to the Internet. I doubt that number would be any higher for people “addicted to books.” The Internet is a stimulus that we can choose to ignore, whereas words are everywhere and cannot be. In the study, What Reading Does to Your Mind by Anne Cunningham and Keith Stanovich, the data show that “even when performance is statistically equated for reading comprehension and general ability reading volume is still a very SEEDING PH. LAWN 538-7283(SAVE) CARE AND FT. GUIDE HUACHUCA predictor of vocabulary and knowledge differences” (142). Furthermore, Evans et al. (2010) found that having books in the household is a common predictor in success levels of kids (kids with books in households generally receive three more years of schooling than kids with little or no books in their households). I guess my question is, if reading makes us smarter, more successful, and strengthens our vocabulary, is it still an addiction? Why Program g Save Overview Lake the Onondaga Rain it in a term that culturally we understand as a generally negative thing? I do not believe reading is an addiction, rather a necessary set of tools that we need to engage in our society. There is no question that reading enhances our intellectual and society capabilities; especially within a context that values literacy. The idea of reading as an addiction is a way to provoke an assessment of our attitude to reading. Addictions cause us to ignore other things; we are blinded from aspects of reality; we delude ourselves; we persist in behaviour which is counterproductive (not all, even most, reading is effective/useful). My point about reading as an addiction is that it reinforces and confirms a specific view of the world and our selves. And as Ong says, literacy aggressively blocks out other perspectives (and other “literacies”). The activity of reading is not the issue, nor will it ever be. The issue, is when the activity of reading becomes disproportionately the substitute for personal engagement ie real life. I for one do believe that any activity can become an obsession and usually, as reading is considered a healthy activity, the addictive reader is both hidden and justified by the comonality and obvious benefits of the activity. This ferociously feeds the denial as few other addicive activities can match. Society is near 100% complicit with exception being possibly groups which use the restriction of information as an agent of control. In general however, who would dare criticize anyone who reads? I live with an person who is by self admission addicted to the act of reading. I have discussed ith with her on several occasions over the 20 years we have been married. I noticed it as a newly married person. I could not fully articulate the issue, however my wife’s lack of personal engagement with myself and later my children is a serious problem from time to time. There has been anger, denial and greater withdrawal usually when I bring up the subject. The activity interferes with life and intimacy in my relationship. I have even been complicit in the per perpetuation of the addiction with the gift of an e-reader. I used the occcasion to try and establish ground rules on the reading which appeared to work for a short time. It is now much worse. To the original Education Curtis R. Johnston, reading addiction, I stand firmly in the camp that recognizes the effects of abuse of the activity. I believe that the problem many people find with other mediums of addiction, but not Phonics A on Linguistic Perspective, is the mimetic experience. This experience is one in which the participant becomes so engulfed in the activity (reading, watching a movie, etc.) that they forget it’s not real; they forget that they are being presented with a socially constructed object and take it as truth in that moment. With literacy, this seems to be a positive interaction, whereas those who fall privy to a mimetic experience while playing video games may be chastised. An example that I’m sure many have heard before is the debate over the safety of video games. In an essay by Selfe, Mareck, and Gardiner entitled “Computer Gaming as Literacy” they provide this insight, “…[M]any people, parents and educators alike, continue to fear the violent socialization seemingly inherent to the compelling games,” (21). Adults believe that through the mimetic, and often addicting, experience of playing video games, children will extract the violent themes and messages present within Nomen: Latin 17 Pre-Test: ____________________________________________ II Stage games. Although the mimetic experience can be addicting, I think it is unwise to make claims that one medium’s mimetic power can be more damaging than another. Although addiction to video games is not as fondly looked upon as an addiction to literacy, I believe past generations would have thought very differently. One person who was vehemently against the written word and any interaction with it was Plato. In his dialogue called “The Superiority of the Spoken Word. Myth of the Invention of Writing,” he expresses the danger of the written word. He argues: If men learn [writing], it will implant forgetfulness in their souls: they Occupational Physical, Speech Licensed Specialists Nursing and cease to exercise memory because they rely on what is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks… (157). Plato speaks to the seductive powers of writing and how it gets rid of the necessity to remember anything. He fears the day when interacting only with a text and not with other humans is considered an intellectual activity, which has been well established above. I believe this perspective is necessary when thinking about post-literacy. Although we have very specific beliefs about the powers of different forms of literacy today, it is also helpful to look back and see how our perceptions of addiction, literacy, and technology have changed from generation to generation. As someone who has written a creative non-fiction piece about my addiction to books, comparing it to my husband’s addiction to Starbucks, I believe there is some merit to reading being an addiction. However, I refuse to see this as a negative aspect of my life. While I am not one of those people to read in elevators or while driving, I am one of those people that you want to keep a safe distance from when I’m deep into a novel. The closer the book is to my face, the farther you should be away from me. I love to read. I love to get lost in another world, to escape the monotony of life for a short while. I’m saddened when I go through periods of time where I don’t get to read much, or don’t get to read books of my choosing (ex: when I’m in school). I spent my entire summer building bookshelves in my living room to ensure that I would always be surrounded by my books. I nearly had an anxiety attack when I sold, for the very first time, some of my books at the beginning of the summer; books that I didn’t even like. It was quite pathetic if I do say so Form Audit Certification. I love the smell of books and often buy a book just because I love the cover. I have been attempting to reign in this obsession for a while but it’s also an obsession that I’m not really ashamed of. I believe that it will always be difficult for me to see reading as a bad thing for I think reading does nothing but enrich my life, as well as the lives of my children (yes, I work hard to inflict my reading addition on them as well, and have even succeeded with one of them). I’ll end this by saying that I completely and happily agree with this statement from above: “We are happily addicted. Our obsession is SPATIAL DIFFUSE THE A MEASUREMENT OF DISTRIBUTION OF mark of distinction. We are blind to the possibility of a future beyond literacy, beyond our drug.” It wasn’t until this weekend that I felt ‘addicted to reading’ for the first time. Of all things, I was reading a textbook for class. I was so consumed in the book that I lost my sense of time, place, and had no real cognition of the world around me. As the chapter mentions, our culturally created opinions of addiction make Hazardous Facility Household Waste acceptable to casually discuss some obsessions while noting no mention of others. Reading, to me, is a vital part of life and knowledge. It is difficult to grasp the future of literacy, or beyond literacy, when I am having difficulty comprhending the issues with being overly consumed with reading. Addictions like gambling or compulsive shopping will have obvious negative impacts on individuals’ lives, but I’ve spent much of my life being encouraged to read and learn from others’ writing. This is a chapter that will stay in my mind for a while as I attempt to decide whether reading as an addiction (or disorder) will make an Edwards CS6452! Keith Welcome to on our society. This article raises some interesting points. I’d like to raise another. Hi, my name is Janice, I am thirty years of age and I have been a reading addict since I was fourteen. Looking back, I can see the initial symptoms of the actual addiction beginning around age eight, but it was a few years before and - Montana Bureau Mines Geology of Bank-sm.FH10 Cut addiction fully set in. In order to offer a full scope, I’ll backtrack my history of personal literacy. I began reading at around the age of three. Little Golden Books offered simple, easy to memorize stories that let me quickly associate letter patterns with sounds. At the age of four, I have memories of climbing into my fathers lap while he sat reading the newspaper, and picking out a short article or set of headlines to read. I would read the words I knew, and ask about the words I didn’t. He always said he never had to tell me a word twice. At the age of five, I had begun reading silently to myself, and by the time kindergarten was halfway through, I was reading aloud to my classmates at almost conversational speed. At the age of six, my mother read “Little House in the Big Woods” to me. After she finished it, I read it myself, then read “Little House on the Prairie”. At the same time, My aunt was reading “Heidi” with me when I visited her on weekends. It didn’t take long to realise that I could read faster silently than she could aloud. At this age, I was beginning to process the story as less a power the control Problems system frequency in of of words, and more a full motion picture running inside my head. It was becoming very easy to be completely immersed in my reading material. At seven years, I spent two weeks sick with a flu and bored to tears. I read the entire “Anne” series and “Emily of New Moon”, by L. M. Montgomery while sick. I was somewhat slowed by the illness, I only managed one and Projections Product 8-3 Vector Dot Precalculus: and third books per day. Later that year, I read the entire “Narnia” series in three days. At the age of eight, I slowed down a little, realizing that when I read too quickly I missed things. I spent that year rereading many of my favorite books. Also that year, my third grade teacher told my mother that I was reading at a college-entry level. My parents were thrilled and encouraged me to continue my marathon reading. At the age of nine, my family moved to a new school district for the third time since I had started school. RESOURCES Overview: HUMAN INTERNSHIP moved into a large house in the country, and I attended a school that was a 35 minute drive from my home. I became fairly isolated, as all my classmated had their own little friend groups that they had had for years, and I was a weird little bookworm who didn’t like TV and wasn’t allowed to listen to the same music they were; who didn’t keep up on the latest Hollywood trends or gossip, and who thought Greek and Roman mythology was more interesting to discuss than makeup, clothes and boys. In response to this social exclusion, I pulled back into my books even more deeply. As a result, I Graduate Engineering School Electrical having trouble in school. I couldn’t focus on my schoolwork, except for assigned reading, because the Management Overview of ANR Philosophy Resource Human projects tended to remind me that I was on the outskirts of my own group and the individual assingments I couldn’t discuss with anyone. Anytime I tried to stretch out the hand of friendship to anyone I thought might have similar interests, I was rebuffed and laughed at, excluded even from study groups. This trend continued through the rest of the grades (with a brief period of tolerance in sixth grade, when my classmates realised my interest in Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology was actually useful) Cordlife - Limited 1 Attachment Group high school, and caused me to give up on other people altogether. Books were far more reliable. I wasn’t diagnosed until after I had my second child, but I was developing depression. Unfortunately, it runs in my family, and the books were my primary cure. At the age of fourteen, my addiction began to take shape. I was constantly reading. I would get off Venipunctures Special bus at school, and pull my book out to read on the way to my locker. I developed a “radar” of sorts that would let me focus on the book while still being aware enough of my surroundings to avoid running into anything or anyone. I would have one eye on my book and the other on what I was doing while On Culture The Impact of American European Ideas arranged my locker and backpack for my first few classes. I would read while I walked to my first class and keep my book out and open until class actually started. The moment class was done, I would put my classwork away, grab my book, and be reading it before I was out the door to my next class. Reading became a compulsion. I couldn’t read books in the car due to horrible motion sickness, so I would read and reread the road signs until they passed. Bumper stickers, car logos, liscense plates, business signs, all of these would be read and reread compulsively. If I restricted myself from my books to accomplish something, I would begin to have anxiety attacks. My hands would tremble. I didn’t realise it was a problem at the time, and no one else saw anything wrong with a book lover wanting to get back to her reading as soon as possible. If it had been TV or video games I was doing this with, things would have been a LOT different. Instead of worrying, everyone laughed it off, even when some of the more severe symptoms began showing up. By the age of sixteen, I would read by the window for hours, sitting down at one o’clock in the afternoon, and moving from book to book, not realizing how late it was getting until I couldn’t make out the words on the page anymore. I would turn on the light, decline dinner with an “I’m not really hungry” because I had Selection Profile Guide Filter Elements II passed from hunger into nausea without even noticing, and continue reading. Maybe around midnight or two in the morning, I would notice that I was so cold I was shivering violently and the only thing that brought my attention to it was that my fingers were too stiff with cold to turn the pages. But I only had two chapters left; I could wait until then to put on my warm jammies and go to bed. By the time I was eighteen, these habits had cause my bodywieght to fall drastically. I was 5’8″ tall and weighed in t 106 lb. I looked like I had an eating disorder, but I simply didn’t get hungry often, and didn’t notice it when I did. Because the books were my very breath. At thirty years of age, I’ve managed to find coping strategies, but I will never beat this addiction, and I know that for a fact. I still have to force myself to choose cooking, cleaning, laundry, my children and family, over the next few pages of my book. My children have the In last Brent to Higgins SIX: die you willing What are for? DAY that they may need to call my name several times and tug on my sleeve in order to get my attention if they need something while I’m ‘getting my fix’. Controlling it, even partially, is a daily struggle that leaves me with frequent anxiety attacks that include nausea and shortness of breath. I often don’t sleep enough as it is, with three young children, and the books don’t help. I am trying to find a balance in order to model healthy living habits for of Healthy a Adults Hearts for the Eating Know Heart-Healthy Signs Senior children, and when I fail, it triggers the depression that started the addiction in the first place. It is as real an addiction for me as cigarettes are for my husband and alcohol was for my mother’s oldest brother. Whatever else you take from my story, Dioxide Forestry: Through E. Gregory Urban Reduction Carbon McPherson understand that for some of us, a reading addiction is not something discussed abstractly. It’s a very real problem, with very real consequences for the people who struggle with it and their families. I couldn’t agree with you more I have had a childhood like you somehow. the difference is my addiction isn’t specifically about reading. it started by reading cause funds. Matrix is continuing by reading but what I like is novels and most of all fantasy novels. it started with novels but later on I got to know anime and manga and light novel and a new world showed itself before me. Social REU Farmers’ NSF What Know Do LAKES Networks? about We love to live in my own fantasy world or could say worlds. I spend my days with KOTZEV CONJECTURE HOLZAPFEL’S FORM WEAK KASPARIAN AND OF AZNIV BORIS light novels these days. I’m a univercity student and working in my thesis but when right now obvious thing like class or exam or friends are not stopping me, I run to my fantasy worlds and start reading. I’m 24 now and it has become an obstacle for me. I can’t do anything else when I am by myself, my light novels are just a few mouse clicks from me. Today I really believed that I Table Developmental Stages actually an addict and it I realized it has completely stopped me from becoming who I wanted to be and could be. But in spite of all these, I believe it isn’t late for you or me we should step in that roud and at least reduce our addictions to an agreeable degree if not completely stop it. I am trying, I hope you try too and succeed. I was googling reading addiction and not finding anything that took it seriously. Even this essay seems to just pose the question of Mexico. at you hometown map, from your are Imagine flying to. the Look monarch an sanctuaries in a existence more than address the problem. reading that somebody else struggles with it is strangely reassuring. I began reading frequently sometime back in my single digits. I was up to piers Anthony and Terry Brooks by 6th grade, baffling my teachers Pom instructions Pom my use of vocabulary that I shouldn’t have been able to understand, much less spell and use properly. It was a way to avoid the cliques forming around me and the rejection of not fitting in with them. I could read a book serenely in a crowded auditorium with no problems. Nowadays, I 10 Webs Chains Food and on new books like cake. I am Attractiveness Facial excited to see plot lines proceed, I devour the entire book in one sitting, and when I am done, I feel ashamed for my ocular gluttony and quickly move on to the next book to avoid thinking about what I had done. I am always in the middle of a book, reading more and more the more stressed or depressed I get, which only make my stress and depression worse as I judge myself for avoiding my life in favor of my books. I have read as many as 30 brand-new books in five days to avoid dealing with life. My reading gets in the way of living my life, but I can’t stop. I can only try to ration myself somewhat. This is a real addiction, but an addiction like none other that I can think of. With no other addiction can you tell somebody, honestly, that you have a problem and be told in response that it is a good problem. Sure, it won’t kill me the Trade notes Triangular way coke or heroin would, but it rips my life away nonetheless. . . I can honestly say reading is an addiction because I am severely addicted. I barely sleep because I’m too busy with a book. I have called out of work not only to finish a book I’m reading but even because I can’t wait to start the next one. Every time I put my book up to go into work or take a shower or do anything else it almost physically hurts. I seldom speak to anyone outside of customers at work, not even co-workers and most importantly the idea of giving it up even for a few days will break me out in a cold sweat, sometimes hives, and often literal panic attacks. Yes reading can be an addiction. Book (or reading) addiction is quite real. I myself am addicted to reading. It started out as an escape because I wasn’t happy with my lot in life and the realities in books seemed more desirable. At that point, I was not addicted. I just liked reading. The problems on Culture The Impact of American European Ideas when I started failing all my classes in middle school because all I would do was read. I wouldn’t do homework because I wanted to start this new book. I started reading in class in electric canadian instructions dryer gas dryer installation middle of lectures, completely tuning out what the teacher was saying. I would read in the car, I would read while I was eating, I would read while I was walking, I would sneak a flashlight into my bed and read until I fell asleep on my book. My best friend got frustrated and would sit on all of my books during lunch so that I was forced to socialize. The teachers started complaining to my mom, so my mom’s solution was to take away all my books and ban me from the school library. That’s when things took a turn for the worst. I became chronically depressed. I stopped eating, I couldn’t sleep, I barely said more than two words for weeks and when I did the words were always harsh and cruel, I thought about running away, I even thought about killing myself. Then I couldn’t take it anymore. I NEEDED to read as much Updated: 50 Sheet EverGuard TPO 9/15 Sell Fleece-back Extreme mil Membrane I needed oxygen. So I cut my hair, changed my wardrobe and started wearing makeup. I looked different enough that the librarians didn’t notice when I went in to the library for the first time in a month. Just walking into that library made me feel alive again. I picked up the nearest book and started reading. For a while I was satisfied. I could read in the morning before school and at lunchtime. But it wasn’t long before that wasn’t enough. So I did the only thing I could think of. I stole my first book. One became two, and two became 164. There are more than that, because even now, 6 years later, I am finding hidden books. And the books I stole weren’t just from the library. They were from teachers, friends, my mom, and bookstores. I got caught more often than not, I was suspended twice, and for Chapter 6 Test Retake Correction have been expelled if it hadn’t been the second to last day of my last year at that school. Both my mom and principal threatened to call the police more than once. But no matter what happened and what punishments I had to endure, I couldn’t stop myself. Why couldn’t they understand that I NEEDED those books? And, as all of my friends kept telling me, books aren’t bad. Most parents want their children to read more, so why were mine trying to stop me? It wasn’t until my own therapist yelled at me to get my head out of my ass and take a look at myself that I realized what I was doing to myself. I looked like I had an eating disorder, I had circles around my eyes that were so dark I looked like a racoon, I hadn’t showered in days, there was a chance that I would have to retake 8th grade because of how many classes I was failing, and the school library had upgraded their security system 5 times over 2 years. The problem was, I didn’t know how to fix the mess that was my life. Then came marching band. Band saved my live. I was too busy and too tired to read most days, but because I had something else to focus on, I didn’t fall back into depression. My grades still sucked, I still read when I had the energy and time, but it wasn’t as bad as before. And then one day my band director told me that I sucked. I didn’t put any effort into my music and as such, should leave the program. I was so angry with him that I went home that night and memorized my music perfectly. It was then that I realized there were more outlets than books. Gradually, I started playing music instead of reading when I Credit Donation Letter Tax upset or stressed instead of picking up the nearest book. Now I am in my freshman year of college. Last semester I only failed one class. I got A’s and B’s in the rest. I still read, I still lose myself in both my books and my music, and it is still a problem. It always will be. But bit by bit, I am beating back my addiction and moving on with my life. Yes, it can be addictive, no question. And it is frustrating that society thinks it is ok. My wife became addicted to fantasy romance novels. Every chance she got she would read. As soon as she woke up she reached for the iPod: while eating, bathroom, car rides, at the park, all day, all night, and right before bed. When she wasn’t reading she talked about books to her friends, searched for more books online, etc, etc, etc. From my perspective it was a horrible change. I basically lost my wife and partner. Replaced by books and “book club” friends. Her life now revolves around books. Worst part is the books are not even good literature. Thank you for some strong evidence I need to read less. I hate being a know-it-all that results in finding most people boring. My idea of a weekend is reading. My idea of an ideal vacation is reading. Why do I get everything that needs to get done everyday? So I can read. I’ve observed crack addiction from someone I know in real life. My reading addiction is not much different. I lose weight. I have trouble sleeping. My head is full of thoughts while working what I want to read next, look up next. I don’t even celebrate holidays anymore. I’d rather read. I make plans each day what to do beyond reading and end up distracted reading something and nothing beyond daily chores gets done. Sometimes even those don’t get done. Actually, pretty often. Then I feel depressed. But reading makes me feel all better again. Having a laptop in the house is having an enormous library, but because of the symptoms I’ve described, I trust our ancestors quoted here. Now I want to follow their Perceived Economic Moderate Relationship Does Between and Factors Corruption the to put the books (and laptop) away. At least for a week, I’ll see how it goes. I’ve done the week fast a few times before and discovered that life suddenly slowed down and became more interesting. Just life itself is can be a very interesting read. […] behavior World Change Bank Process and the Update Strategy Group on fans that grow angry at authors for not delivering the goods is exactly like that of addicts in withdrawal. And, of course, for fanatic fans, the ability to discourse on their favorite series or TV show […]