Leaders in Silicon Valley, a hotbed of the latest gadgets, technology innovations and the geeks who create them, are increasingly expressing their concern about technology addiction. Have those who drive our tech-obsessed culture finally reached their breaking point?
“If you put a frog in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, it’ll boil to death — it’s a nice analogy,” explained Stuart Crabb, a director at Facebook in charge of learning and development, to the New York Times. “[People] need to notice the effect that time online has on your performance and relationships.”
Crabb is one of many tech company executives who now recommends that employees carve out some downtime from digital devices. These leaders cite the addictive nature of the constant stimulation we receive through notifications, chimes and rings, and especially how this stimulation hurts work productivity and overall wellbeing. They aren’t falsifying these claims: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will add “Internet use disorder” to its appendix in next year’s edition, according to the NYT.
Are you surprised to hear that Silicon Valley bigwigs are expressing concern over the culture they helped create?
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