A 31-year-old US navy serviceman who had been using Google Glass for about 18 hours a day complained of “feeling irritable and argumentative with the device.” He removed it only to sleep and wash. After two months of using his Google Glass, he said he started to experience his dreams “as if viewed through the device’s small grey window.” The man/patient checked into the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) in September 2013 for alcoholism treatment. which also takes away all electronic devices. The idea is to rid a person of all addictive behavior for the first 35 days.
Dr, Andrew Doan, head of addictions and resilience research at the US navy’s SARP and co-author of the paper on the patient, published in the journal Addictive Behaviours, says the patient repeatedly tapped his right temple with his index finger and that he was “going through withdrawal from his Google Glass.” Dr. Doan said the patient said Google Glass withdrawal was greater than the alcohol withdrawal he was experiencing.
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