The impact of technological culture on addiction in twentieth century America

Raymond Leonard Loranger, Salve Regina University


This study examines the effects of technology on addiction in the culture of twentieth century America. It first explains how addiction is a debilitating human condition that results in a loss of freedom in body, mind, and spirit. It then demonstrates how technology can abet and sustain the addictive experience, so that certain dangers inherent to technological culture increase the spread of the addictive syndrome. Lastly, it argues for the recovery of a spiritual attitude encouraging greater human freedom and a healthier society. These concepts propose that a universal harmony can be gained through the realization of the interdependence of all things, and spiritual beliefs from established wisdom traditions. The recovery movements from addictions, with special attention to Alcoholics Anonymous and in concert with contemporary social critics, do promote a holistic synthesis of physical, psychic, and spiritual unity that offers the best hope for an integrated life. It is suggested that this process promotes greater purpose for human existence in a technological culture and increases the human desire for liberation from the slavery of addiction.

Subject Area

Cultural anthropology|American studies|Religion|Public health|Psychotherapy

Recommended Citation

Loranger, Raymond Leonard, "The impact of technological culture on addiction in twentieth century America" (1999). Doctoral Dissertations. AAI9925079.