Dealing With the Stress of Living in a High-Tech World

As school approaches, I’m reminding myself not to get thrown back into the chaos of being constantly plugged in. It has taken me two months to get back to paying single-focused attention to the events going on around me. In July, my idea of unwinding meant surfing the net and answering messages while watching TV. By the time I got to the cottage we rent every summer, I couldn’t even allow myself to just sit on the beach and enjoy watching my children, the waves, or absorb some sunshine. That’s even without a signal going to my cell phone. I had to read book after book, fiction and non-fiction, to focus my wandering mind. I took walks every morning and night to calm my nerves. By mid-August my heart palpitations had finally calmed down.

Now I look to another busy year of teaching Communications Technology to high school students and teacher candidates, working towards the paperless classroom, and continuing my research on teens and technology, and I know I must find good and efficient daily coping methods. While filming a documentary for my Masters I talked about stress and technology with Dr. David E. Meyer of the University of Michigan and with Linda Stone, former executive of Apple and Microsoft. I put together a short video on how stress builds and what it does to us, as well as coping methods.

Dealing With the Stress of Living in a High-Tech World
Dr. David E Meyer and Linda Stone

4 thoughts on “Dealing With the Stress of Living in a High-Tech World”

  1. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information on attention and stress. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  2. Very well done, I must say I do like the though put into it including the research! Have you considered making a second film? Touching up on how teens feel about texting and bullying?

    1. I actually did some research on texting and bullying but haven’t produced a documentary for it yet. I was thinking about looking at public spheres in social media sites.

      An interesting phenomena with texting and bullying is that the author of the texts feels more secure in his/her physical distance from the victim and will communicate much more hateful and hurtful things than may be said in close proximity. This is true in social media platforms like Facebook as well. A study of the differences in bullying between the two mediums may be interesting as one is done in what is perceived as a far more transparent space than the other and so it is the presence of a different kind of audience that may result in differences. Will have to check it out.

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