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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

Linda Stone and David Meyer on Living in a Fast-Paced Technological World

While shooting for my documentary on teens and texting, I had the opportunity to fly out and meet former senior executive of both Apple and Microsoft, Linda Stone. Linda is a well-known and respected leader when it comes to talking about technology and managing attention in a fast-paced world. Her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, The Economist, The Boston Globe, and the Harvard Business Review. She is also a speaker at corporate conferences.

Here are some clips from the interview. Linda talks about continuous partial attention and multi-tasking, email apnea, as well as uni-focus and managing attention.

Dealing With Email Apnea

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Continuous Partial Attention

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Unifocus and the Yearning for Less Multi-tasking

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Contemplating Quality of Life