Modern Maladies

Blog streaking Revealing secrets or personal information online, which for everybody’s sake would be best kept private

Crackberry The curse of the modern executive, not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry even at you grandmother’s funeral

Cyberchondria A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer

Egosurfing When “just checking” gets out of control

Infornography You’re beyond being a healthy “infovore”: acquiring and sharing information has become an addiction for you

You Tube narcissism Not even your closest family want to see hours of your holiday videos

Google-stalking Snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates

MySpace impersonation Many of us pretend to be someone we’re not when we are online, but some will pretend to be a well-known figure

Powerpointlessness One too many flashy slides

Photolurking Flicking through a photo album of someone you’ve never met

Wikipediholism Excessive devotion to a certain online collaborative encyclopedia. You can test whether you’re an addict at

So, which modern malady do you suffer from?  I will admit to photololurking (though it does tend to be because I found one of their pics so captivating that I want to see if the rest are as good) and a touch of blog streaking.  Only a touch though – everything I have blogged my friends already know, just some of it may not be Suitable for Work.


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8 Responses to Modern Maladies

  1. I'm definitely a cyberchondriac. Every little bump, scrape and cough gets researched thoroughly via Dr Google. Being a complete bloody worry-wart this isn't necessarily a bad thing, mind you. When I found myself constantly out of breath and yawning for no reason I was utterly convinced it was lung cancer until I looked up the symptoms online. Turns out (and I got it confirmed by a flesh and blood doctor) that is was just anxiety attacks. Most likely from being a bloody worry-wart. The clinical equivalent of a vicious circle, methinks. 😉

  2. Me and mr wikipedia have a close and personal relationship.

  3. LeendaDLL says:

    For me: Definitely blog streaking and maybe the start of ego surfing (though i'm usually checking in on other people). None of this started I got on Vox – so maybe Voxitis is more appropriate. I'm a victim of the global Voxdemic.

  4. Bollocker says:

    Cyberchondria – Been there, done that, haha.

  5. RedScylla says:

    Infornography has its vicious, grasping claws sunk in my soul.

  6. NYCinephile says:

    humor-related thread

  7. Vrinda says:

    I am here thanks to NYC. Bookmole, I am sending a link to a bunch of people. I hope you dont mind. What do we call this malady of compulsively spamming people with links to stuff?

  8. Jens Bachem says:

    Google-stalking… yes. What about stalking yourself on Google? Online narcissism!

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