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Dangers of technology addiction for seafarers

Posted on | April 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

I recently wrote about the tug in Alaska that ran into Bligh Reef, Prince William Sound, while its master played a video game.

The problem of media and technology distraction while on the job seems to originate in young people, as an addictive phenomenon.

The University of Maryland has announced the results of a study of 200 students, who were asked to give up all media and devices for one full day.

It was found that after 24 hours, many of the subjects showed signs of withdrawal, craving and anxiety, along with an inability to function well without their technology and social links.

One student commented: “I clearly am addicted, and the dependency is sickening. Between having a BlackBerry, a laptop, a television and an iPod, people have become unable to shed their media skin.”

This has some significance in jobs that require alert human engagement. over an extensive period of time. Surgery is one example; steering a ship may be another.

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