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Gaining the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls

Is it possible?

The people of Sweden are the "best" in the world at using the Internet. That's according to a five-year study conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation, which recently released its findings.

What does it mean to be "best" at using the Internet? It's an interesting question in light of this summer's warnings from Silicon Valley elites to put down the smartphones and step away from our computers. They worry, as many others (who were largely dismissed as hopelessly out of touch) have worried for years, that they may have created a monster. Turns out they have discovered for themselves that Internet use demands moderation. Among the dangers they've identified are "people's inability to disengage" and the need to "help them slow down and disconnect."

Tech professionals aren't the only ones waking up to the Internet's destructive powers. In the updated edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), to be released next year, an appendix will include a description ...

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