WBEZ | internet http://www.wbez.org/tags/internet Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP646672363735.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>American border control have seen an increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Latin America, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. Adam Isacson, a senior associate for regional security policy with the Washington Office on Latin America, joins us to discuss the issue.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-18" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-12/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border-110335 Is Internet Addiction Disorder real? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/internet-addiction-disorder-real-108930 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Flickr%3AEbaynik.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 610px; " title="(Flickr/Ebayink)" /></p><p>In a society fueled by the rapid-fire connectivity of personal computers, tablets, and smartphones,&nbsp;obsessive Internet behavior has become a cultural norm.&nbsp;However, when does an overreliance on WiFi&mdash;and the rabid need to distract oneself with online gaming, shopping, tweeting, scrolling, &quot;liking,&quot; and microblogging at all hours of the day and night&mdash;morph into an addiction?</p><p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/hospital-opens-internet-addiction-treatment-program/story?id=20146923" target="_blank">ABC News</a> reports that a Pennsylvania hospital, Bradford Regional Medical Center, has become the first in the U.S. to treat severe Internet addiction through a 10-day inpatient program. Patients admitted to the voluntary behavorial health treatment center must first undergo a &quot;digital detox&quot; that prohibits Internet use for at least 72 hours, followed by therapy sessions and educational seminars to &quot;help them get their Internet compulsion under control.&quot;</p><p>Dr. Kimberly S. Young, a psychologist and founder of the new program, defines Internet addiction by how a person&#39;s online habits impair their ability to function normally in everyday life.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Like any other addiction, we look at whether it has jeopardized their career, whether they lie about their usage, or whether it inteferes with relationships,&quot; Young explained.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_addiction_disorder" target="_blank">Internet Addiction Disorder</a> (IAD) was first coined as a joke by Dr. Ivan Goldberg in 1995; and to this day, remains absent from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). However, the more specific &quot;Internet gaming disorder&quot; did make it into 2013&#39;s DSM-V as a &quot;condition for further study,&quot; signaling a slow but steady change in how psychologists are defining variants of addictive behavior in recent years.</p><p>Accoding to <a href="http://www.helpguide.org/mental/internet_cybersex_addiction.htm" target="_blank">HelpGuide.org</a>, signs and symptoms of Internet addiction may include:</p><ul><li>Frequently losing track of time online.</li><li>Having trouble completing tasks at work or home.</li><li>Isolation from family and friends.</li><li>Feeling a sense of euphoria while involved in Internet activies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Feeling guilty or defensive about Internet use.</li></ul><p>Similar to those who dispute the validity of sex addiction, naysayers of IAD argue that logging off is simply a matter of &quot;willpower,&quot; and that the inability to do so is not nearly as physically harmful or self-destructive as succumbing to alcoholism, substance abuse and eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Still,&nbsp;when 60 percent of U.S. adults spend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2013/08/21/incredible-growth-web-usage-infographic/#." target="_blank">at least three hours</a> a day online, with teens clocking in at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/education/20wired.html" target="_blank">over seven hours</a>&nbsp;of daily Internet use, real and painful addictions are bound to form.&nbsp;</p><p>Unfortunately, addictive behaviors of any kind are far too easily dismissed in our mental health-avoidant&nbsp;culture&mdash; even the ones deemed more severe than most. Alcoholics are constantly told to &quot;just stop drinking&quot; and anorectics urged to &quot;just eat already,&quot; as if it were that easy. Presumably non-life-threatening addictions such as online gaming are even more misunderstood, because how is playing video games for 24 hours straight in any way comparable to destroying one&#39;s body with narcotics or an eating disorder?</p><p>What many people fail to realize is that using the Internet as a drug can be just as fatal as any addiction in the long run. Dr. Young notes that prior research links IAD with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_addiction_disorder" target="_blank">existing mental health issues</a>&nbsp;(most commonly depression) and that over half of her patients also struggle with alcoholism, chemical dependency, compulsive gambling, and chronic overeating.&nbsp;</p><p>Numerous other studies have proved that excessive Internet use continually makes people&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/22/4647916/facebook-isnt-making-you-depressed-the-internet-is" target="_blank">feel bad about themselves</a>; but for people already suffering from depression, anxiety, or a co-occurring disorder like OCD or bipolar, that feeling is amplified.</p><p>A 2012 research study highlighted in <em><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/01/17/internet-addiction-shows-up-in-the-brain/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>&nbsp;</em>shows that people with Internet addiction exhibit demonstrable changes in their brains, similar to what happens in the brains of people addicted to cocaine, heroin, special K, and other substances. The article also mentions a <a href="http://rt.com/news/internet-use-mental-illness-389/" target="_blank">smattering of horror stories</a>&nbsp;about Internet and gaming addiction, including accounts of many people keeling over and dying after playing video games for hours on end.&nbsp;These addictions are as real as any other, and they deserve to be taken just as seriously.</p><p>Of course, not every person who spends hours surfing the web each day suffers from an Internet addiction. But if we&#39;re being completely honest with ourselves, we might discover that many of our online habits have more of a negative than positive effect on our lives. After all, what good comes from checking one&#39;s Facebook page 15 times a day, or avoiding the outside world to live in a virtual one?</p><p>Maybe we could all use some &quot;digital detox&quot; every once and a while. Try putting down the phone, powering off the computer, and making some real memories without the aid of an electronic device. You might be surprised by how much, or how little, you miss it.</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a></em></p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/internet-addiction-disorder-real-108930 What's next for the Syrian opposition? Protests in Romania and new rules for Chinese internet users http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-17/whats-next-syrian-opposition-protests-romania-and-new-rules-chinese <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chines internet cafe_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama signs an executive order providing training and aid to some factions of the Syrian opposition to help prevent future attacks by chemical weapons. Romanians protest plans for Europe&#39;s largest gold mine. Plus, Human Rights Watch&#39;s Maya Wang explains new penalties governing China&#39;s internet.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-what-s-next-for-syrian-opposition-plus-p" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: What's next for the Syrian opposition? Protests in Romania and new rules for Chinese internet users" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-17/whats-next-syrian-opposition-protests-romania-and-new-rules-chinese Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Office-Flickr- Phillie Casablanca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do offices need walls? One study shows that more privacy could mean more productivity at work. And, is it fair to blame Huma Abedin for supporting her husband Anthony Weiner during his latest scandal? Our panel and you weigh in.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more Morning Shift: How can the Web be a better and safer place? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-23/morning-shift-how-can-web-be-better-and-safer-place <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Internet-Flickr-Asimetrica Juniper.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Web and social media can be used to spark positive, social chance. But it can also be plagued by bullies and trolls intent on bringing you down. We talk pros and cons of the Web and strategies to make it a safer place.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-dennis-farina-aldermanic-privilege-a.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-dennis-farina-aldermanic-privilege-a" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: How can the Web be a better and safer place? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-23/morning-shift-how-can-web-be-better-and-safer-place Is technology changing our lives too much? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-03/technology-changing-our-lives-too-much-106033 <p><p>In the last 10 years, the electronic age has us totally interconnected. Social networking of all kinds &ndash; Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Socialcam, texting, platforms such as iPads, iPhones, smartphones and computers of all kinds.</p><p>These tools have forever altered the normal concept of time and space. They have replaced it with an immediacy that has taken on a life of its own. All of us are now no more than a click away from communicating with everyone we have ever met or known in real or virtual time.</p><p>Thanks to the wild, wild word of the web, we can be anywhere and everywhere with the stroke of a key or click of a mouse.</p><p>In essence, what all of this has done is to radically change the pace and rate of our lives. Not only are we bombarded with more input, information and data than ever before, we are now required or at least strongly expected to respond to it faster than ever before. At one level, the increased pace and rate of change is a good thing. It forces us to be more agile, more responsive, more adaptable to an ever-evolving world. It opens us to more options and possibilities.</p><p>On the other hand, the increased rate and speed of input and change is exhausting. Here&rsquo;s the problem. When life becomes an Olympic endurance event (the Everydayathon), when the stopwatch is always ticking, when are we supposed to have fun?</p><p>When will there be a time to be human in the old fashioned way? As Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt, professor of leisure studies, so aptly put it, &ldquo;Having to go so fast to keep up, we miss stuff-our existence is truncated. Some things simply cannot be done going full speed: love, sex, conversation, food, family friends, nature. In the whirl, we are less capable of appreciation, enjoyment, sustained concentration, sorrow, memory.&rdquo;</p><p>I think, if we can be honest with ourselves, we all do too much or try to do too much. My mother used to accuse me of having &ldquo;eyes bigger than my stomach.&rdquo;</p><p>She told me that I both literally and figuratively put too many things on my plate.</p><p>&ldquo;Alfredó,&rdquo; she&rsquo;d say, &ldquo;you do too much. Slow down, take smaller bites, or you&rsquo;re not going to enjoy anything. Piano, piano arrive sano!&rdquo; (Slowly, slowly, and you&rsquo;ll get there surely, safely!)</p><p>You know what, maybe we should all slow down, take a moment, and reflect on the wisdom of my mother&rsquo;s words. It couldn&rsquo;t hurt.</p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-03/technology-changing-our-lives-too-much-106033 Illinois bill aims to make online dating safer http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/illinois-bill-aims-make-online-dating-safer-97819 <p><p>State lawmakers in Illinois are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites.</p><p>The Decatur <em>Herald &amp; Review</em> <a href="http://bit.ly/Hd94sJ">reported Sunda</a>y that legislation aiming to do that passed the Illinois House last week.</p><p>It would require Internet dating services operating in Illinois to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.</p><p>The measure is sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Democrat from Schaumburg.</p><p>She says she wants to help Internet users "become more savvy" and protect themselves from online predators.</p><p>Opponents say the bill overreaches. Republican Rep. Jim Durkin of LaGrange says adults should be responsible for their own safety when using such sites.</p><p>The legislation now goes to the Senate.</p></p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/illinois-bill-aims-make-online-dating-safer-97819 Top 3 at 3: Lessons from old emails http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/top-3-3-lessons-old-emails-96537 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-20/you&#039;ve got mail.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-20/you%27ve%20got%20mail.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 214px; height: 317px; " title="">I was recently forced into confronting a former self. That self exists in my former Yahoo account- a testament to my life in middle and high school. It's shocking, but I didn't always worship at the altar of Gmail and all that is Holy.&nbsp;</p><p>This long dormant account took on a life of its own a few weeks ago, when it began spamming all my old contacts. Sure, many of them (like SurferChick1874) were no longer active, but it was irritating to those who had stayed faithful to their accounts in the interim years when I had moved on. I realized I needed to get in there and clean it out, to transfer the emails I found entertaining and worth saving, and delete all those from Change.org. Behold, a few things I've learned about the process of purging a former internet self:<br><br>1. <strong>It is totally worth it to incriminate yourself online, if it makes a good story in the end</strong><br>Those who read <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/ian_parker/search?contributorName=ian%20parker">Ian Parker</a>’s beautiful but tragic&nbsp;<em>New Yorker </em>story about college student Tyler Clementi and his roommate Dharun Ravi’s involvement in said death<a href="http://www.theawl.com/2012/01/todays-a-good-day-to-delete-your-gchat-archives"> probably thought</a>, “Hey, I’m never staying ‘on record’ in a Gchat ever again.” That’s because Parker tells a story that had been heavily covered already in a unique way: through the instant messages and emails of these two figures. For some reason, I got hung up on everything we wouldn't have known about Clementi and Ravi&nbsp;without this digital trail, and found it fascinating. Parker uses this source base to beautifully elucidate a tale that could have remained just tabloid. For some reason, I found this comforting rather than scary. Take that as you will.<br><br>2.<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Using&nbsp;appropriate spelling and grammar is very important if you want to be taken seriously</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>and 3.<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>We should respect and appreciate how far technology has come</strong></p><p>This email below really speaks for itself, so I won’t set it up at much. The only context needed: I sent it to my mother right before I went to camp for a month early in my high school career. What have I learned from it? I’m glad I now use “you” instead of “u” when communicating with others. I’m glad we don’t still have to rely on faulty VHS tapes; what a bummer that was. I'm also glad that I no longer have to involve others in my crazy obsessions, because DVR and internet television exist.<br><br><b style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: normal; "><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">From: Kate Dries </span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">To: Mom </span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Cc:</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:15 PM</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Subject: TAPE MY SHOW! do not delete this email!</span><br><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Mom-</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">I am relying on u to tape AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">every TUESDAY at 9:00 PM on CHANNEL 9 (UPN).</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">u should tape it on:</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 1, 2003</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 8, 2003</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">July 15, 2003.</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">this is 3, 1 HOUR episodes. the tapes are in a stack</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">by the tv, rewound and labeled.</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">i love u and thank u lots</span><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">love kate</span></b></p><p>Now you know the exact dates that <em>America's Next Top Model</em> was airing in the summer of 2003. You're welcome.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-20/top-3-3-lessons-old-emails-96537 The unseen consequences of leaving a data trail http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/unseen-consequences-leaving-data-trail-96289 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-10/5769368009_c566ea6f13_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Americans spend more of their lives online, companies are finding an increasing number of ways to follow our data trails and find out all sorts of things about our spending habits, our likes and our dislikes.</p><p>The information is being used to determine things like a person’s access to credit, employability and insurance coverage.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> guest <a href="http://www.newcreditrules.com/" target="_blank">Kevin Johnson</a> discussed a letter he received from a credit card company that said they lowered his credit limit because of where he shopped.</p><p><a href="http://www.kentlaw.edu/faculty/landrews/" target="_blank">Lori Andrews</a>, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, explained the legal implications.</p><p>And Erin Peterson, head of talent acquisition for <a href="http://www.aon.com/human-capital-consulting/default.jsp" target="_blank">Aon Hewitt</a>, answered why employers care more and more about candidates’ social media profiles.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/unseen-consequences-leaving-data-trail-96289 Questions raised about Turkish government's effort to exert control over Internet http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-13/questions-raised-about-turkish-governments-effort-exert-control-over-int <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-13/turkey2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Amidst political turmoil in countries like Syria, Egypt and Libya, Turkey has asserted itself as a regional leader and model for democracy in the Islamic world. But ramped up government controls over Internet access could tarnish Turkey’s global image.</p><p>The new rules were introduced three months ago but didn’t come into effect until November for "technical reasons," according to the government. Tens of thousands of Turks have already gone to the streets to protest the controls, marching under the motto "Hands off my Internet!" While officials call the Internet filters "voluntary," fears persist that it could pave the way to even more restrictive censorship.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Matthew Brunwasser's report originally aired on <a href="http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,266,00.html" target="_blank">Deutsche Welle</a>. </em>Worldview<em> acquired it through the <a href="http://www.prx.org" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-13/questions-raised-about-turkish-governments-effort-exert-control-over-int