Hi my name is Carolyn, and I’m a technoholic.
Posted by scottc0957
(Alternate title: Even luddites can be addicted to technology)
I always thought that I wasn’t part of the tech movement; as a luddite, I thought I had a balanced perspective on technology and its benefits and drawbacks. Similar to the comic, I do bank in person, buy stamps at a post office, and pay bills at the county building.
And then I read Turkle’s (2011) Alone Together and Howard Rheingold’s (2012) Net Smart. I too am addicted to technology! I am tethered to my smart phone, and when I forget it somewhere, I get withdrawals. Frankly, for the past four or five days, I’ve looked at my smart phone with longing and fear; I love its convenience and am terrified I allowed my intelligence to depend on the cloud (Googling stats, depending on stored phone numbers instead of memorizing them, etc.). Rheingold refers to Baron, who wants us to be critical about any communication that “can be turned on and off at will” (p. 55). While it may not be as convenient or efficient to speak to someone in real time and face-to-face (how to say bye and cleanly break from the other’s company), it’s still something we should do. And the more we practice, the easier it will become, to talk to someone without shielding ourselves with technology.
- Lost “capacity for sustained, focused attention” (Rheingold, p. 52)
- Anxiety (to stay current with everything online) (Turkle, Alone Together, p. 241+)
- Disillusion that multitasking is productive, so less productivity (Rheingold, p. 37)
- Constant or near-constant distractions from every part of life (Rheingold, p. 44)
- Note: See also p. 44 for a effects of distractions
One must first be aware of the addiction. And want to change.
- Identify areas of life to declare as technology-free times
- “Intention is the fuel for attention” (Stone, qtd. by Rheingold, p. 58)
- Increase social times with physical interactions (not always virtual)
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