Friday, January 12, 2007

Too much technology?

The recent 2007 Consumer Electronics Show shows us that technology continues to grow and grow. Whatever you buy today will be an antique by tomorrow. Something newer, better, and smaller will come ago. Steve Job proved that when he hijacked the media away from the Consumer Electronics Show with the announcement of the Apple iphone. All this is meant to make life better. But is it?

Are we all just being over wired with too much technology? Is the constant connection with the internet and cell phone driving us all to distraction? Dr Ned Hallowell thinks so. His book Crazy Busy gives advice how to live in the ADD driven world that technology is creating.

According to Hallowell, technology has created a society full of gemmelsmerch, ‘the ubiquitous force that distracts us from whatever we are doing with the desire to start doing something else.’

Multitasking has become the norm. Constant distractions from an array of technology - cellphones, blackberrys, email - force us to perform below our true abilities. And for many, the overload is so bad they fear that they are suffering the symptoms of early Alzheimers.

Hallowell’s solution to information overload - take back control. Turn off the technology. Delegate, ignore, or cancel. Easy to say, much harder to do…

But I’m going to try. Hang on while I go and turn off the cellphone, television, and radio. That just leaves the computer…

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2 comments:

writerinmaking said...

Today is day 5 of no cable for us - the cable guy is coming tomorrow. It has been a nice break from the TV. I can't convince the rest of the family that we can live without it though.

KIWIWRITER said...

I don't know. No cable TV, no CNN, no 'Donald and Rosie Show'. Not sure I could cope!!! (haha) Liz

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