Chill Out, Turn Off The Tech, Relax -- But Is It Really Better?
from the too-many-choices dept
As we get more and more technology and more and more choices, it appears that we're finally reaching a backlash from the "simplicity" crowd. This isn't, necessarily, a Luddite style response (though, it's likely to be co-opted by that crowd), but simply a suggestion that you don't have to always be connected, and you don't have to have the latest and greatest of every gadget. That's what people are being told at the latest TED conference. While the basic concept is important to remember, it doesn't necessarily follow (as the presenter states) that life was somehow "better" without all of these choices. All it really means is that some people have trouble managing all of those choices and information that's coming at them all of the time. When managed properly, those choices can make life better for any particular individual. However, when mismanaged, they can make things more confusing or hectic. So, it's not about the choices or the always being connected -- but how individuals learn to deal with it. With that in mind, it's good to be reminded that you can turn off, and you can slow down -- but it doesn't necessarily mean that one way or the other is better.