The smart phone in your pocket is
15 times faster than the best super computer was in 1979, and
that filled a room.
You’d think that with all that
power at our fingertips, we’d be smarter, more efficient, and
more productive than ever.
But it’s just the opposite.
Technology continues to makes us
dumber, lazier, and less healthy. Case and point:
The next time you’re appalled at
how many misspellings an applicant has on a job application,
don’t be. We’ve become so dependent on spellchecker that
we’re all forgetting how to spell.
We’ve become so addicted to
GPS that we're turning into mind numbed robots that blindly follow
wherever GPS tells us where to go, even when we
know it’s wrong (which it is an amazing percentage of the time).
3. Social Skills
Kids can text but don’t know how
to look a customer in the eye, shake their hand, and say “Thank
You for your business”. Even when they do, they think nothing of
yawning in people’s faces. And people of all ages no longer
return phone calls.
Medical experts report that all
this technology can increase the risk of ADHD, carpel tunnel syndrome, eye strain,
With so many tools at our
disposal, it’s ironic that people today report being more rushed
and having less time in the day than people did 10 years ago.
Time Vampires such as Facebook, texting, waiting for Windows to
install updates, or figuring out new apps suck up more of your
life than you probably realize.
It’s sad that technology is
working against us instead of for us, but there’s a silver lining
to this cloud.
A study published in the Journal
of Experimental Psychology found that while electronics stifle
creativity, 80% of the people who unplugged and went for a short
walk came back more inventive and creative.
If you want to try something
different, tell your staff members to take a break and
go for a walk – without their phone – and come back with one
Not only will they surprise you,
they’ll surprise themselves, and you’ll look like a genius.
To Your Success,
Another example. This is my 469th consecutive weekly article.
From 2005 – 2009, articles averaged 700 – 800 words. Today they
average around 400 words because people’s attention spans are so
much shorter thanks to social media.
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