Americans Turn to Technology to Control Impulses

Don't Dial!Leanne Italie writes in the AP via PhysORG:

Dan Nainan can’t trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day.

“I’m sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own,” said the New York City comedian who’s struggling to finish a book. “I wish I could, but I just don’t have the discipline.”

Nainan’s system of two, two-hour blocks is one example of how Americans are trying to control their impulses using technology that steps in to enforce good behavior.

With the new year days away, many tools are now available to help people stay in line, including a GPS-enabled app that locks down texting once a car gets rolling and a program that cuts off credit-card spending. Another device monitors your workout and offers real-time voice feedback.

Have we entered an era in which electronics serve as mother, cop and coach because we can’t manage our own desires?

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6 Responses to Americans Turn to Technology to Control Impulses

  1. reubenavery December 31, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    I can attest to the need for these kind of tools in my own life. I need, I require, tools now to keep the cybersphere at bay for periods of time. \

  2. Anonymous December 31, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I can attest to the need for these kind of tools in my own life. I need, I require, tools now to keep the cybersphere at bay for periods of time. \

  3. Me@You December 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I just started reading books again when I noticed I couldn’t stop looking at porn all the time!

    • Haystack December 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

      I have to admit that while I’ve listened to a plethora of audiobooks in recent years, it’s been way too long since I actually read a physical book from cover to cover. Reading a book just feels so…lonely and non-interactive!

  4. Me@You December 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    I just started reading books again when I noticed I couldn’t stop looking at porn all the time!

  5. Haystack December 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I have to admit that while I’ve listened to a plethora of audiobooks in recent years, it’s been way too long since I actually read a physical book from cover to cover. Reading a book just feels so…lonely and non-interactive!

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