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Are You Addicted To Information Technology?

July 11th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 28 secs

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It’s easy to let information tech get out of control.

There are plenty of addictions, but information technology? The answer is: yes, most definitely.

Info-tech carries legitimacy and even a certain amount of cred. Yet, while information technology empowers, it also has a way of spoiling your fun.

Burying your head into the latest communication brought to you by the latest high tech device. Or, immersing yourself into the realms of technological innovation seems de rigeur and hardly anything to be concerned about. Except that there is a certain fantasy that comes with such things. For those of us who delight in the wizardry of the latest and greatest hi-techery, it’s a sucks you in.

Once there, you immerse yourself in product, potential, and power at the expense of experiencing being (that’s full of warmth, joy, whimsy, and romance). In a way, the attention demanded robs thinking space (like Eduard de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats which reveals our competing approaches to thinking).

In that sense, fascination enslaves. You want to know what’s coming up next, how you can upscale, hack, reconfigure, and optimize your devices, systems and, in a way, your life.

The cost of this fixation? A loss of playfulness, perhaps? Or the denial of an easygoing existence? I’m not sure. But you do see people addicted to info technology compromise balance in other parts of their life, as attention shrinks down to getting the next latest and greatest (e.g. like people queuing for days to buy an Apple product, for example). From a consumer grooming point of view, it’s very much a “gotcha”. Because stuff takes priority and only the maker can satisfy your cravings.

Photographers sometimes refer to this information technology obsession in their own realm as G.A.S., which stands for “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”, and those who have admit that it ruins their pleasure.

The truth is, as much as we may want whatever the newest “it” is, we really don’t need it.

As for the other part of information tech addiction: well it too can take over your life. Got to check your phone every few minutes, just in case? Find yourself excessively checking Facebook or Twitter for a comment or reply, but you can’t help yourself? The method of the technology can easily control you.

Our natural desire to interact is easily hijacked by social media technology, such that it’s no effort to watch the rest of your life fall into line behind the need to check, check, and check for messages or whatever else.

What we need is some kind of balance between the use of these tools and direct face-to-face, skin-to-skin contact. When exuberance suffers, or your ability to be soothing, gentle, and reflective, it’s time to rethink habitual patterns and give yourself room to modify behaviors associated with technology.

As obvious as it is, you need to protect yourself from the compelling nature of information technology. Its allure seduces and all too easily we can get sucked into thinking that somehow we are “more”, enlarged by the power of a hi-tech device.

But that’s untrue. All the ability we have to take part, engage, enjoy, and confidently interact in human contact can be done in real time with real people in the same space.

As the tech gets “better” it’s going to take even more of a sense of yourself to see through the temptation and live well in an “analogue” world. That’s the challenge. But if you understand the potency of being you.

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