Technological addictions subject of next free faculty lecture

(10-10-2008)

The next Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series addresses "Virtual Track Marks: A Discussion on Technological Addictions " at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130, with Dr. Brent King, assistant professor of psychology.

Recently, many Asian and European countries have opened "detox" centers for platform gamers (e.g. Playstation, Nintendo Wii) and internet users. These centers operate on the premise that people can become addicted to technology. Many academics argue that "technological addictions" are not true addictions, while the doctors who operate these centers posit that these addictions are real.

King's talk will examine the controversy that currently exists around the diagnosis and treatment of technological addictions. "We will discuss case studies of individuals who appear to be 'addicted' to technology as well as the types of technologies involved, King said. "Additionally, we will cover the possible explanations for the compulsive behaviors displayed by those individuals diagnosed with technological addictions."

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.