Technology Stress In A Wireless World 27 Dinner


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This is a shortened version of a 1-hour presentation I do around this topic. It was first delivered at 27Dinner, geek dinner, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 May 2008

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  • My friend Ronnie Apteker published a book back in 1999 called “Do you love IT in the morning?” and this was a great play on words because it could imply “it” as in perhaps sex or “IT” as in “Information Technology.” I always say that if all the computers in the world worked perfectly, all the time, we'd all be out of jobs in this industry. Well back to Ronnie's book and his central theme was called the progress paradox. What that means is the more technology we invent, the better it becomes, the more it supposedly improves our lives, and yet we find we have less time to do things than we've ever had before. Professor Barry Schwarts also confirmed this in his 2005 book, The Paradox of Choice. Why am I reminding you of something you so inherently know to be true? Because I would like you to join me in my campaign called “Switch IT Off” - which advocates ONE, just ONE Technology FREE day per week. And I'm very, very serious when I mean that you switch off ALL technology that is based on computers from your cellphones, your iPod, your PC, your laptop and maybe even your television and your hifi. Perhaps you can imagine being on a camping trip for that one day where you only have access to the bare necessities. On a more serious note, research from the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2005 found that cellphones increasingly blurs the line between family time and work time for both men and women. So what typically happens is that work related stress spills over into family time and the opposite is also true for women, where family problems spill over into work time. This decreased family satisfaction and increased stress over a two-year period. The researchers said that as the use of cell phones becomes increasingly prevalent, the line between family and work life will continue to blur.
  • Technology Stress In A Wireless World 27 Dinner

    1. 1. . <ul><ul><li>Technology Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in a Wireless World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ramon Thomas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. Paradox of Choice
    3. 4. Trapped in Technology <ul><li>Cellphones, IM, Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook applications, updates </li></ul><ul><li>Email Etiquette, Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Website Waste > Blog Banter </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Boundaries (Company Policy)‏ </li></ul>
    4. 5. Stress Management <ul><li>Avoid EMAIL 1 st thing in Morning </li></ul><ul><li>Cellphone OFF not Silent (Voicemail)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Leave laptop @ home </li></ul><ul><li>ONE Technology FREE day / week </li></ul>
    5. 7. Power of Full Engagement <ul><li>Physical (Diet, Exercise, Sleep)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional (Relationships)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Mental (Focus)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual (Meaning)‏ </li></ul>
    6. 8. Contact Details: Ramon Thomas <ul><li>SMS 082 9407137 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Add me Facebook , LinkedIn , MXit </li></ul>