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Monday, July 16, 2012

How to Identify E-Reader Addiction

There is a relatively new condition plaguing readers everywhere. Therapists are just now uncovering some of the symptoms, but I'll let my readership in on preliminary findings.

Diagnostic criteria for 401.00 E-Reader Addiction

A maladaptive pattern of e-reader use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by five (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period: 

1. You tap on the cover of a traditional book to open it. 
2. You set a traditional book down on its spine and are surprised   
    when it closes and you lose your place. 
3. You tap on the edge of a page instead of turning it. 
4. You tilt your book vertically and expect the print to follow. 
5. You cringe as you enter the bathroom at work with a traditional 
    book that no one would mistake for a DayPlanner. 
6. You double tap on a word you don't know to get the definition. 
7. Upon seeing that the book only comes in one font size, you 
    adjust the distance from your nose accordingly.  
8. You hesitate to sign up for a book giveaway on a blog because it 
    only comes in print format.
9. You have bookmarked sites selling ebooks on the web (i.e., 
    Kindle, Nook, iBooks) and check them daily for freebies. 

If you or someone you know suffers from this condition, seek help immediately. 

Let's Analyze: Come on, be honest. How many of you think you might suffer from this addiction? Which symptom rings truest for you?