Happy Tech…an Oxymoron?
In recent months, I have seen a growing number of posts about how bad technology is for us. Technology is blamed for social isolation, disconnection, and corruption. But I’ve also heard and seen how technology can be used for good — a means to connect, to share knowledge, to empower, even to save lives.
So which is it: Is technology good for us or bad for us? Does technology make us less happy or more happy? As Shakespeare once said, “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Technology is a tool, a means to an end–and we get to decide how that story ends. My goal through this blog is to inspire a new way of thinking about technology, one that gives us new language with which to think about how we fuse technology into our lies.
Whether you are a busy professional who feels like you can’t escape the constant pings and interruptions of technology, a young adult overwhelmed by your digital footprint and in need of some strategically unplugging, or a minivan parent who fears you might have given birth to tech monsters rather than children– I have some good news for you!
First, you are not alone. And second, there are lots of really smart, creative and thoughtful people who have been generating some amazing ideas for how to balance productivity and well-being in the digital era. In fact, there are so many amazing resources that I have decided to start a blog to bring you the latest and greatest field-tested ideas for bringing order to the digital forces in your life.
The stories, interview, and ideas I will share are guaranteed to stretch you, wow you, and hopefully inspire you on your journey towards happiness. Thanks so much for joining me, and please help me spread the word by inviting colleagues, friends, and family to follow along too
Author of The Future of Happiness (spring 2017)