Friday, October 20, 2006

Slashdot posting

Yes, I have my first posting on the front page of Slashdot. I posted a item I found on newscientisttech.com on slashdot and it was accepted as a good story and therefore accepted.

You can deeplink to the article here. Basilcy the short introduction as it can be found on Slashdot is this:

suntac writes to mention an article on New Scientist, reporting on a Stanford study of internet addiction. The study finds that the U.S. is 'rife' with internet addicts, who may be as addicted as alcoholics to their sweet sweet net connection. From the article:
"Nearly 14% of respondents said they found it difficult to stay away from the internet for several days and 12% admitted that they often remain online longer than expected. More than 8% of those surveyed said they hid internet use from family, friends and employers, and the same percentage confessed to going online to flee from real-world problems. Approximately 6% also said their personal relationships had suffered as a result of excessive internet usage. 'Potential markers of problematic internet use are present in a sizeable portion of the population,' the researchers note."
While obviously allowing relationships to suffer so you can surf eBay is a problem, where is the line between relying on the internet for news and information and addiction?

For most geeks the Slashdot thing might not be that important however most of the people from the geek community are frequent readers of this website so having a frontpage item is nice even do it is not about yourself.

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