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  • Carolyn Strauss

    While learning to better manage and (needless to say, I hope) turn off our mobile and otherwise digital devices is very important to human health and well being. There's also something to be said for exploring the Slow potentialities of technology to remedy the six problems listed in this post. I wrote about it a while back here

    • David Zimmerman

      Thanks Alessandra, that was a great recap of a GOOD week! Currently taking care of my morning email check, then heading to brunch with the fam, and off to the beach for an afternoon surf!

  • Lisa Peacock

    This is something that I talk with everyone about. As a therapist I see people struggling with stress and technology addiction everyday!!

  • Jordan Monroe

    I turned off my email alerts on my laptop and on my iPhone and now I check email 2 times a day and I have never been happier. Now when i am with my wife I am actually WITH her and not at work all the time. I also waste alot less time on time wasting email.

  • Nathaniel Fisher

    This is simply marketing. "Get offline by using our online service." This post isn't even worth my explanation to be honest. Slanting people who use technology as more likely to develop depression, ever thought it was the other way round? Especially with young people.

    • Argo Naught

      The marketing component is certainly there, but so are the concise bullet points (with relevant links giving evidence) of certain dangers to be aware of involved with staying connected via technology for lengthy periods of time.

      To answer your question, no - I've never thought it was the other way around in terms of young people being depressed by not using technology enough. If you're floating that as an alternate theory, then please provide some evidence, such as was provided in this piece to support each assertion in their list.

  • John Wynn

    David, your article addresses a serious problem and I agree that too much of a good thing can be bad. I am especially concerned with children who feel the need to be constantly "plugged-in." Between technology in the classroom, homework on the laptop, and an ever increasing dependency on social media, where is the opportunity for down-time?

    • David Zimmerman

      I do think about the next generation of kids playing with tablets and phones, rather than "hands on" activities. We won't know the science behind arising issues until many years from now, but I believe that in the mean time we just need to find a happy medium to live together with technology in harmony.

      • John Wynn

        I agree and thanks to you and the efforts of others drawing attention to our ever-increasing dependency, we can set a better example for the younger generation.

  • Kristen Smeehuyzen

    I'm confused, so the solution for the tech-addicted is an app?!

    • Steve Freeman

      yeah, that is a let-down for me. Almost an 'onion' level joke, to end an article about breaking from technology with an pitch for your app. I understand it is here to stay, and what the app does, but there is an alternative. No harm in meeting people without an app.

      • David Zimmerman

        You're right, there is no harm meeting people without an app. Although what about the individuals that have a hard time meeting new people? Some get social anxiety, or flustered when being surrounded by large groups of people. We are just trying to make communicating easier with the people around you, by understanding common interests that others share with you.

        • Steve Freeman

          Then maybe the article should be about that.

    • Mauro Ampessan

      i like the way David answered to it. we must be reasonable at every act in life to enjoy it the most, but responsibly. we can't avoid or live apart from technology and internet today, but we should use it wisely, as we do with every good, such as food, beer, wine. why not with technology?
      the idea of using it to hang out instantly with bangladesh or uruguay is amazing, but we should start to worry when we are doing it with a friend that lives across the street instead of having a nice cup of coffee. i liked the idea!

    • David Zimmerman

      We are launching a mobile app that makes it easier to find people nearby to enjoy life with. A stroll in the park, early morning surf session with a new friend, a sunset hike with a good buddy that you didn't know was around before. We want to make it easier to find the nearby people that you care about and create incredible experiences together. The solution isn't going cold turkey from technology, but using it in harmony to help make friendships, relationships, and the world a better place.