Nonstop Tech is Taking a Toll on Americans

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-17-2013 Email

Back in his day (yes, the 16th century) Swiss biologist Conrad Gessner tossed the proverbial penalty flag on the printing press. He warned that it would leave a "confusing and harmful abundance of books" that would saddle people with, well, TMI. (OK, not his exact words, but you get the picture.) Given that sentiment, it's safe to say he wouldn't be crazy about the glut of devices that dominates our lives today. And guess what? He'd have plenty of company. Consumers appear to be reaching a state of tech burnout. In fact, even your employees—dedicated to IT as they are, and fascinated by its infinite possibilities—may sometimes wish that life were a bit less plugged in. At least this is the impression conveyed by a recent Harris Poll. While a majority of Americans say tech has improved their lives, that majority is steadily shrinking, findings show. And a growing number say “all tech, all the time” is getting too distracting, and taking away from their overall productivity and other important factors. Still, CIOs can take comfort in the fact that, when asked if they could live without all the connectivity, research participants responded with an emphatic "No!" Included in the results are breakdowns according to gender. More than 2,200 U.S. adults took part in the research. For more about the findings, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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