Technological overload (oh, I hadn’t realised this was a panel!) — again, [Bruno has some nicely-written notes](http://www.lunchoverip.com/2007/02/lift07_the_priv.html) to share.
Fun crackberry video from YouTube.
The moderator loves his crackberry, but he’s an addict.
The panelists don’t blog! What a shame! Not much IM either… *(that was a steph-note)*
*steph-note: We’re asked to close laptops for Nada Kakabadse’s presentation. Reminds me of “Le Test du Moi” where they wanted to take my laptop away for a week — not realistic given my line of work. In my case, I’m using the computer to take notes because my handwritten notes are illegible because of my RSI. => no notes on the first part of the presentation, but I took photographs of the slides.*
Panelists seem to agree that one can’t assume people are “addicted” because they resist closing their laptops in a given situation (I resisted, saying I was using it to take notes, but was asked to close it).
Stefana has seen the private come into the workplace much more than the opposite, carried by technology (e-mail, IM, etc). Keeping our social network alive at work too.
Trick question: how many of you use e-mail for personal use during work? Trick, because the line between personal and private is not clear. *steph-note: agreed — I didn’t raise my hand. In my situation, it’s worse, because my “private life” and “work” have merged to a great extent.*
Information overload, burn-out, addiction: are we mixing things up here?
Sharing: burn-outs? addiction? “My name is … and I’m an internet addict.” *steph-note: is this turning into an AA session?*
Robert Scoble: too many feeds, too many e-mails. Solution? Maybe addiction, but also allows him to do his work, and happy about that. *steph-note: if I got that correctly, Robert…*
Risk in curing addiction: reduction of productivity. (Stefana)
“poorer” channels actually have something that allows more than “richer” channels like VoIP (people have Skype, but continue to chat hours a day). (Stefana)
Bruno Giussani: where exactly is the addiction? not to the Blackberry.
Stefana: average number of contacts for non-social-networking person is around 20. The digital channels actually *allow* people to maintain this high number of contacts. *steph-note: wow, technology actually allows us to handle more relationships…*
Quality of online/offline relationships? Stefana: there is anyway a multiplicity of qualities of relationships.
Question: can we really multitask? (cf. continuous partial attention, etc *steph-note: done to death imho*)
Stefana: with routine, things that seem to require attention actually have become only monitoring.
*steph-note: wow, all this talk about addiction. Looking forward to my talk at the Centre for Addictions in Geneva very soon.*
Stefana: real issue = what is the acceptable response time for an e-mail (20 minutes, half a day, a day, a week?) The pressure comes from what **we** consider an acceptable response time. For IM? *steph-note: you can **not** respond, cf. Stowe*
Wrap-up: how do you unplug?
Stefana: what is the cost of unplugging? it can be compared to “stop talking to everyone!” *steph-note: totally agree*
Fred Mast: no need to switch off, we can be addicted and happy *steph-note: don’t agree, “addicted” contains unhappy — if you’re not unhappy, you’re not addicted*
Nada Kakabadse: upto each and every one.
*steph-note: “quality-time” **can** also happen online, folks. This session is getting me slightly worked up.*
Stefana: keep in mind the overload issue is touching a tiny amount of people, most people would be thrilled to have 7 instead of 5 e-mails a day!
- Technological Overload or Internet Addiction? [en] (2007)
- Addicted to Technology! [en] (2007)
- The Lee Bryant Experiment [en] (2004)
- What Do You Care About? [en] (2007)
- LIFT08: Kevin Marks (Google Open Social: The Social Cloud) [en] (2008)
- Lars Trieloff: i18n for Web 2.0 (Web 2.0 Expo, Berlin) [en] (2007)
- Brain Space [en] (2009)
- Brainstorm/Discussion — The Future of Blogging Technology (Gabor Cselle) [en] (2007)
- Our Relationship To Technology: Is Your Smartphone In Charge, Or You? [en] (2013)
- Reboot9 — Stowe Boyd: Flow, a New Consciousness for a Web of Traffic [en] (2007)