Man Treated for Addiction to Google Glass

Google Glass

A single-patient report given by doctors in San Diego's Naval Substance Abuse and Recovery Program documents a 31-year-old man who was treated for addiction to his Google Glass gadget.

The eyewear allows the user to access the Internet and take photos or video as well as access messaging services such as social media and email. While controversial, the eyewear is popular and can be controlled through both voice and keypad, which is accessed at the temple.

In this case, the man reportedly used the device for 18 hours a day, removing it only to bathe and sleep. Even without the device on, doctors noted that the man frequently reached for it and made tapping motions at his temple as if it were there. When he was forced to remove the device, he would become irritable and argumentative.

The patient has a history of substance abuse, depressive disorder, anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), doctors note. His addiction to Google Glass was a part of his overall addictive personality.

The man was diagnosed with Internet Addiction Disorder and treated as the first known case of IAD. IAD is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). During treatment, the patient was noted to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. After 35 days, the patient was no longer reaching for his temple habitually and reported having lower irritability, but continued having daydream-like withdrawals as if he were looking into the Google Glass.


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