The human race has come a long way in the past 100,000 years. Gone are the days of the hunter-gatherer (unless youre spending your gap year with some sort of Amazonian tribe) but theres no denying that our modern way of life carries with it its own hardships. Sure, youre significantly less likely to encounter a sabre-toothed tiger on your way to the corner shop than your ancestors were on their way to the berry bush but they didnt have to deal with the debilitating information overload of the digital age. That's not even an exaggeration; Glasgow researchers recently reported the existence of Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, which is a form of amnesia brought about by constant social media bombardment. Our species wonderful inventiveness may have allowed us to give polio the boot but it seems theres no stopping brand new disorders from developing within our own heads. This article contains a whole host of weird and wonderful psychological conditions that have crept into existence in the past few decades all thanks to humanitys unique and insatiable desire for culture, technology, travel and social interaction. Youll be locking yourself in the attic before you can so much as fashion yourself a tinfoil hat.
Peter Austin initially joined WhatCulture as an occasional contributor to our Film, Gaming and Science sections, but made the mistake of telling us that he'd been making videos in his bedroom for over a decade. Since then he's been a vital member of our YouTube team and routinely sets the standard for smart-casual wear in the office.