[QODLink]
Asia-pacific
Superwired S Koreans seek analogue comfort
While many spend huge amounts of time on digital devices, some now seek respite in retro equipment.
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 12:54

Nearly two-thirds of South Koreans are smartphone owners, each of them spending 50 per cent or more time on their devices than they did just two years ago.

With one of the highest global internet speeds and smartphone penetration rates in the world, some psychiatrists worry about the impact on the brain functions of the wired generation.

Scientists say prolonged exposure to the internet and such phones could lead to anxiety, brain fatigue and increasingly short-term memory.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett met with some people in Seoul who are turning to the familiarity of the analogue world for comfort in an increasingly wired society.

102

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.