Opinion: Technology turned into supposed to be our remarkable liberator, but alternatively it became our jail

by Marie Rodriguez

LAST WEEK I changed into searching out across the lovely landscape of the Burren in Clare while on a hike.

My thoughts changed into clean, calm, and carefree.

If I am honest, I hadn’t felt as linked to myself in a long time. The irony was that I was entirely disconnected from the outside world. I become attending a retreat, and on the first day, the organizers advocated handing in all technology and not just turning it off but handing it in—shock horror.

For many of the human beings there, that wasn’t an easy thing to do, and a few couldn’t carry themselves to do it. I passed all of my techs in because I am privy to the benefits of being disconnected. Although I run similar retreats for commercial enterprise leaders, I no longer found it smooth being contactable. Without a doubt, we are unhealthily addicted to our telephones, laptops, and tablets. For many, handing your phone over is like giving a part of your soul away. I pondered, have we come to be slaves to era, and in that case, what are the results? Will our generation’s addiction worsen, and in that case, how?

Always on

I’ve been running with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and executives for over 20 years across 50 different industries. Over the past ten years, one place that appears to be regular every quarter is the ‘constantly on mindset and the increasing task to ‘flip off’ after work hours. The price of this mindset to extraordinary life and kind of business can be excessive.

Technology has enabled us to make fast development in all areas of our lives, bringing its challenges. The most adverse problem is the unrelenting distraction and constant interruption. Sometimes, you want to examine that it’s ok to switch off. A look from the University of California confirmed people spend on mere 11 minutes’ permission before they’re interrupted; however, it takes 25 minutes to refocus on where they had been earlier than the distraction. If you remember every employee throughout a business enterprise, that’s lots of earnings down the drain.

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