I have born witness to hundreds of people utilizing computers on a daily basis. I think it is doing something to our society, and not necessarily expedient or beneficial. This unique machine can actually drive human emotions from exuberance to anguish, cause irrational rage, depressive frustration, and it is apparently addictive if only psychologically addictive. What does that remind one of?
People cheat to get more computer time at public libraries, and then lie about it. They get up to check e-mails in the middle of the night. If a server goes off line, a glitch occurs during a thunder storm, or a file is lost, the user may well experience a sense of betrayal, or loss, not unlike sorrow born out of a personal relationship. I really don't think this is healthy. We seem to be rapidly approaching a kind of "HAL and Dave" association outlined in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and HAL is in the driver's seat.
We invest a great deal of time on this union, or bond with our "personal computers" and maybe that's the rub. We have high expectations. Computers Anonymous anyone? Let's discuss it on Facebook.