Is Technology Hurting Productivity?

I’ve said all along the answer is yes.

Those of you who have been around me for any period of time know that I’m not a big fan of cell phones. In fact, most days when I Is technology hurting productivity?come home I take my cell phone out of my pocket, turn it off and put it on the counter.

Very few people outside of my family have my cell number. It seems as though more and more people are realizing that all of that connectivity is more harmful than good, this coming from the very people most involved in it.

Google now has a company policy that it wants their employees to spend one day a week “disconnected” to help prevent digital burnout and promote good mental health.

Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook, is now recommending that people should be “disconnected” for half of their waking hours. Randi is the former marketing director of Facebook.

I suggest all people find more time to disconnect, especially while at work. You will be surprised at how much your productivity and your creativity increase!

Being so connected is being blamed for many of the short-comings in the population when it comes to social interaction. Many are uncomfortable not only talking with people in person but interacting in general.

Multi-tasking is NOT all it’s cranked up to be! Do you really need to be accessible to everyone every minute of every day?

How productive can you be when you stop every few minutes to check the email that just popped into your inbox, you know this because you get a ding every time a new one comes in or every time the alarm on your phone goes off because you just got a text or even another phone call.

These interruptions not only take the few minutes away from what you were doing but it takes additional time to get back to where you were and to re-capture your thought process. Add them up during the day and you’ve lost hours of productivity.

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2 comments on “Is Technology Hurting Productivity?
  1. Glenn Slippy says:

    I’m glad I’m not the ONLY one that sees this pitfall! I’m astounded by how many people are “on the plastic” way too much durring the day. I always ignore any incoming calls when in front of a client/customer. I tell them, “I’m ignoring that. The most important person is the one in front of me right now…and that’s YOU!”. That ALWAYS makes them smile and feel appreciated! Then they buy stuff from me! Additionally, this overuse of email/texting is ridiculous. The immediate feedback of a phone call makes quick work of many scheduling, personnel, and price issues. I can accomplish more in a short phone call than the time it takes to send one text…that may not be answered for a while.

    Glenn Slippy,
    Wadsworth, Ohio

  2. Dan,

    Thank for the article. As you well know, I’m like you and only have my “LG Phone” with me when I’m out of the house. I look forward to the day when whipping out your phone every 30 seconds will be socially unacceptable.

    However, with that said, as a marketer we all have to be aware that more and more people are only using mobile devices to access the internet and if your website is not responsive, you are losing out on a lot. A responsive website knows what device the user is using and automatically adjusts what is displayed to fit the screen of the device.

    Gee I sound smart. Not really, you know that Duston is the one that called that to my attention and then went to work on our sites to make sure they are responsive.

    -Mike McGroarty

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