From today’s San Francisco Chronicle:
For Leda Dederich, there came a point about a year ago when she realized
her life was overly shaped by technology. The manager of an Oakland-based
online consulting firm for nonprofit groups, Dederich was a leader in her
field, but she started feeling that high-tech culture was dramatically out of
balance — "like a combination of a hamster wheel and an echo chamber."
Dederich, 36, is one of a growing number of information technology users
and professionals who feel teched out. Gobsmacked by the information tsunami,
overwhelmed by the ever-growing tide of technology must-haves and convinced
that a matrix of communication instruments was insulating her from friends and
family, Dederich took a sabbatical six weeks ago.
"I felt like the only way for me to recalibrate was to stop completely,"
said Dederich, an e-mail user since 1991 and a high-tech professional since
1994. "It’s difficult to think outside the box when you’re always in it, and
the box is getting stronger and stronger."
Link: Tuning Out Technology.