Information Technology or Information Toxicity?

I just bought the best mobile technology: BlackBerry Torch. I’ve always been “CrackBerry” because they handle my email, texts and calendar well; although secretly I envied the iPhone, which is owned by many of my friends and family. Now that jealousy is gone, because BlackBerry has combined traditional features with a touchscreen that gives access to more apps than I’ll ever need – and it’s good for phone calls!

However it took me a long time to control my technology and use it when I wanted to, instead of letting it control me. Indeed, my coaching experience has shown that I have long been worried about how we are surrounded by gadgets, some of which are provided by employers, and others – just our favorites, which means that we are available 24 hours a day. Social networking also means that providing and receiving all kinds of information is instantaneous and allows people to get even more attached to their iPhone or PC at a time when they are being paid for their work! Information technology is widely considered a positive tool that saves time, but the amount of information that bombards us daily becomes dangerous to health; danger I call information toxicity.

When training entrepreneurs and senior executives, the problem that arises over and over again is “information overload.” The result of all this information is the inability to complete the work, and as a result we have a workforce that does not have time for lunch, which responds to emails on the train and at home, which is tied to its technology and sick. !

So how did we get into this situation? It started in 1971, when Ray Tomlinson invented e-mail, although it was only used in large companies that could afford newer and more expensive computers. In those old days, the average person communicated by sending a letter and, hopefully, received a response within a few days. At work we were able to send a fax and wait for a response for a few days.

What no one, including Ray Tomlinson, expected was the advent of home computers in the 1980s. In fact, as they say, Thomas J. Watson of IBM said: “I think it exists. The global market is maybe for five computers,” and the opinion of Dec. Ken Olsen was, “Someone has no reason to have a computer at home. Is there. In 1986, it was suggested that laptops were a hobby that would soon disappear.

Instead, the popularity of the home computer contributed to the emergence and deployment of the world wide web. Although the Internet was invented in 1973 by the American computer scientist Vinton Cerf, the World Wide Web was developed in 1989 by the English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee. In July 2002, Sharon Goden interviewed Ray Tomlinson, who invented the email in 1971, and asked him, “How do you see the development of e-mail? What will it be like in ten years?” You may see that it is more closely integrated with other forms of communication, such as instant messaging. As soon as you do. You responded to emails, you should be able to speed up the conversation. instant messaging. Simultaneous correspondence is much better than a few emails in a few hours. Or maybe you’ll get an email and press a button to call… »

Thus, this information explosion occurred in just three decades, including pocket computers, allowing us to respond to our emails 24 hours a day anywhere in the world. And at what time is reasonable to answer? I’ve written about people changing their minds about time, and this is a classic example. Along with this technology, it is expected that you will respond to emails almost immediately – and if you do not, then it will be normal for the person who sent the email to call you and ask why. If they need an immediate response, why didn’t they call you? Often this is because an email gives them a checklist of what they sent you and when. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will also make sure you can see what your friends are doing right now, as well as photos or videos.

As a result, we are creating a potential health epidemic and already have a so-called ‘half attention deficit disorder’ that we’ve all been through by talking to someone who talks to us half and half checks their iPhone or BlackBerry. People aren’t rude when they do it – well, not all of them – they are under psychological pressure to be “at the top of their game.”

The reality is that these people are tired and less effective. I have clients who receive so many emails that they can spend all day answering their questions and losing concentration on their day-to-day work – and on their employees. Then find a diagram, policy, or procedure. Don’t worry, they are online or on the company’s internal network, but unfortunately all business people need so much information that to read it you need to quit your day-to-day job and start reading – and you’ll always be it. Why? If you don’t follow any of these rules or regulations, it’s no reason to say that you didn’t even know about them. If you hire people, think about how many laws and processes you need to know.

Even when I’m not in the workplace, there’s no delay, as I see when I talk to customers whose cell phones have been turned off or turned off. I come across troubled people who are not fully present, and as soon as we have a break, run to their BlackBerry. You rarely have a relaxed conversation over dinner because they are under pressure, leaving them a whole morning of emails and phone messages to answer. They are like addicts who suffer from withdrawal symptoms when their information is hidden.

In addition to this health hazard, there is a psychological phenomenon where a person’s perception of his personal value is consistent with how often his iPhone is turned off: “People need me all the time, so I’m worth it – and that’s what’s important. Your BlackBerry didn’t call, so people don’t need you – you’re a humble person!

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