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 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.