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    Posted July 20, 2014 by
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    Media Addiction Around the World.

    Media System Dependency Theory is important in our understanding of contemporary media because there are many positive advantages that we can get from media if we can control the way that we use the technology.
    In the current era, there are certainly many more options for communication than before. Now, it seems that we can be continuously connected with just as many people as we want and share all kinds of important (and perhaps unimportant) moments of our lives instantaneously. The fact that new technology continuously offers a lot of access in a way that was not available to anyone before can be very useful. We can visit all the museums in the world at one time. Likewise, we can go on a safari, hunt for butterflies, or view dinosaur tracks virtually in places many of us will never have the money or time to visit physically.
    This aspect is really beautiful and enriching. We can be in touch with people near or far for important moments. We can have video conferences. We can have video dating. We can have net meetings. We can celebrate through chats. However, by the same token the endless availability of communication may lead to it being not just a tool for communication, but sometimes the cause of addictive behaviors.
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