First, this film (hat tip to Farmer's Letters):
Excerpt from this recent article in Newsweek:
Is the Web Driving Us Mad?Read the entire article HERE.
Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports.
...In the summer of 1996, seven young researchers at MIT blurred the lines between man and computer, living simultaneously in the physical and virtual worlds. They carried keyboards in their pockets, radio-transmitters in their backpacks, and a clip-on screen in front of their eyes. They called themselves “cyborgs”—and they were freaks. But as Sherry Turkle, a psychologist at MIT, points out, “we are all cyborgs now.” This life of continuous connection has come to seem normal, but that’s not the same as saying that it’s healthy or sustainable, as technology—to paraphrase the old line about alcohol—becomes the cause of and solution to of all life’s problems....
I am reminded of The Twilight Zone, particularly the episode "Fever," written by Rod Serling. "Fever" first aired on January 29, 1960. Excerpt from that episode (apologies for the poor quality of the video):
Also see Wikipedia's summary of "Fever."
Factoid: Everett Sloane, the lead actor in this episode of The Twilight Zone, committed suicide a few months after the episode aired.