[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
Technology is supposed to make things easier. But does it cause us unnecessary stress? 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, Matt Richtel, author of the NY Times Series Driven to Distraction, talks about how we all need downtime from the urgency of answering emails and responding to pings. This urgency takes a toll on our stress levels. So what should we do?
We should experience the “three day effect,” which means being completely unplugged for at least three consecutive days in order to refresh and revitalize ourselves. Richtel says there is evidence that not spending time being still, creating, even being bored, causes neurological damage. Constant use of devices actually deprives our brains. He also says too much data intake harms memory, causes stress, and decreases productivity due to heavy cortisol production. Yikes!
Don’t respond to this; I am unplugging… now!