When Technology Overwhelms
from the blackberry-itis dept
It seems inevitable that after the proliferation of some technology, there's a backlash against it -- or at least a news story somewhere saying there's one. This time around, it's the Washington Post talking up how some people feel so overwhelmed by iPods and cell phones that they have to set rules governing how they use them. It's hard to see how anyone should be surprised that some people have trouble incorporating new devices into their lives, and decide they just have to unplug, though it's still unclear how life is automatically better without them. What people need, rather than just another person telling them to throw away their phone, is a way to better control the technology (well, maybe that, and some manners). It's easy to be overwhelmed, when, for instance, people can reach you via phone or email at all times, and they expect quick responses. In the case of mobile phones, this illustrates the need for presence -- a system to manage and control availability and responses, which would let people maintain the benefits of their communications devices, but control them in such a way that they don't become a burden.