A few decades ago, we never imagined that we’d be able to send photos to our loved ones through this big term called the Internet. We talked on a wired telephone with our families, and when we’re apart, we would cry ourselves to sleep and wait for months before we could see each other again. Now, distance is somehow made shorter through Skype, Face Time, and other video call applications, and we no longer feel so far away from our loved ones.
Another popular channel these days that have the young and the old addicted is YouTube. However, others find it irritating and annoying that people would find it great to be uploading videos of themselves doing something, despite the fact that they’ve gotten so popular for doing so. These people are what you call the influencers. And YouTube is only one of the many features of the new age that have brought good and bad for us. These features make us realize that new technology does have a cost.
Below is a list of books that you might want to read if you want to learn about how technology has managed to invade our lives, helped us in so many ways, yet has hooked us all to everything – the pros and the cons – to the point of owning our lives. Perhaps through these books, you will be able to find ways to NOT let it own yours!
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, And Sharpen Your Creative Mind – Jocelyn K. Glei
A collection of notes and excerpts from the world’s most creative brains, this book emphasizes the importance of having quiet time so that one can become truly creative. Amidst the glaring notifications of Facebook, LinkedIn, and other apps on our phones, the author points out that one must learn to focus on being able to extract himself from the hustle and bustle of the Internet and return to particular the task at hand. If you are one of those who are anxious about spending too much time with Instagram, start reading this now.
The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble To Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
Warning: this book is not for the weak and sensitive. It’s a wakeup call to us about how much of our time is being pulled by advertisements, new phone launches, app improvements, and many more. The important commodity being fought for here is our attention, which these major tech companies have gotten from us. But if we try to be more aware of the time and money that we waste every time we watch and crave for these new gadgets, perhaps they won’t be so influential in our lives.
Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter
“There is also little doubt that all of the new technologies, led by the Internet, are shaping the way we think in ways obvious and subtle, deliberate and unintentional, and advantageous and detrimental.” –Jim Taylor Ph.D.
You won’t put this down book before finishing it. The story of Steve Jobs presenting iPad to an amazing audience, and words taken from his interview stating that he strictly prohibits his children to the gadget frequently because of its ill side effects is pretty eye-opening. Irresistible tells the tales of the digital inventors, how they influence us to dream about having all these devices, and their full knowledge of the impact of these devices on our emotional and mental well-being. This line borrowed from the book says it all: don’t get high on their supply.”
The New Brain: How The Modern Age Is Rewiring Your Mind – Dr. Richard Restak
The author divulges some of the answers to his questions about modern technology and whether or not the brain is physically affected by it. Can smartphone, tablet, and other gadget use relatively cause a rise in attention deficit cases? What does the brain possibly look like when it’s exposed to too much screen time and blue light?
“People who talk about tech addictions often express frustration with their smartphone use, or they can’t understand why kids game so much.” –Christopher J. Ferguson Ph.D.
These are only some of the few great books that have led me to write this blog, not primarily because I love them but because these books have become eye-openers for me to become more vigilant with the way I utilize the technological devices that have been helping me make life easier. I hope you learn some lessons too. If you do, send us a comment here.
All in all, these books do a marvelous job of taking a fairly objective approach to the pros and cons of technological advancement in our society. Technology has done wonders for us in terms of communication, productivity, and even personal expression. But it’s equally important to be aware of the costs that come with that newfound territory.
“You might come away from a good self-help book with a changed attitude, different behavior, fresh motivation, or something else shiny and new to test-drive.” –Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.