And the following tidbits came from a post on LiveScience:
A research paper, published in 2007 in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by a psychiatrist at Tel Aviv University, recommended that Internet addiction be regarded as an extreme disorder on par with gambling, sex addiction and kleptomania.
Eugene Samoza, director of the Addiction Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, said that addiction hijacks the brain's natural reward center, the nucleus accumbens. This center rewards humans for acquiring things they need biologically, such as sex and food, by releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with happiness.
Today.....big breath (and blowing it into a paper bag)...I intend to do it cold turkey with no hotel assistance. I'm officially on a ten day vacation in a few hours, and bidding my technology farewell (except for an occasional call home to make sure all is well). I tried this last spring and it resulted in a deep sense of contentment which lasted for about 2-3 weeks.
If you've tried tech-breaks and would like to comment on how they went, please share your story. I'll be back to moderate your posts and put them up on this blog.