Confessions of an Internet Addict

Alexis Madrigal responds to Newsweek’s cover story this week that posits “new research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed–and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness.”

Still, in talking with Madrigal, you’d find that literally dozens of online, Twitterified connections had leapt from the world of his addiction to the pure, happy world of “in real life.” He made a partial list of friends, colleagues, and collaborators he’d met through the Interwebs and it did not feel like these people were a symptom of his disease: Megan Garber, Robin Sloan, Evgeny Morozov, Tim Maly, Robinson Mayer, Clay Shirky, Alexandra Samuel, Dave Roberts, Zeynep Tufekci, Clara Jeffery, Felix Salmon, multiple Chris Andersons, Rebecca Skloot, Chris Mims, John Pavlus, Sarah Weinman, Rita King, Josh Fouts, Jacob Wolman, Alex Howard, Maria Popova, Katie Baynes, Nathan Jurgenson, Biella Coleman, Gustavo Arellano, Jon Christensen, David Dobbs, Steve Silberman, Ian Bogost.

If he was addicted to Twitter and the Internet, he said, it was to these people that he was addicted. They are his favorite drug.

Well put.

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