Crossing the digital divide: finding balance in a technical world
Being an active participant in trade shows, exhibitions and networking events, I often spend more time connected to technology than connecting with real people. To explain, how do we preserve the vital role of human conversation in a technical world?
I found an ally in my struggles to maintain balance. Joined by co-author Ken Hagaman of Anixter Inc., we debated the challenges of our screen lives becoming more compelling than our real life.
Perhaps we are in the early stages of digital dementia? The constant barrage of small bits of information was keeping us disconnected participants of virtual discussions.
Were we too digitally distracted? We discussed how our ability to juggle tasks was preventing concentration and information retention.
Was it time for a digital detox? We agreed that walking away from technology would be difficult at best, yet a necessary evil to spend more time in conversation.
The pace of technology advancements has exceeded our expectations. If you’ve crossed a digital divide, preferring electronic communication tools over true interaction, try to find your way back...great conversations will trump texting every time.
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