In the end, we are all looking for stimulation, be it reward or (for perverse reasons), pain. As society's ability to make people feel relevant and engaged has continued to wane (in no small part to large macro-economic trends), individuals have been forced to internalize their situations and find validation through personal technology. The bottom line is that as a society, we can do a lot better, and need to find ways to build healthier infrastructure into more individuals' lives, which would in turn give them a better self image and less need to rely on artificial means of stimulation.