Tech Stress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics

October 31, 2020
Tech Stress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics

An evolutionary approach to re-envisioning ourrelationship with technology--and reclaiming health, happiness, andsanity in a plugged-in worldEvolution shapes behaviors--and as a species, we've evolved tobe drawn to the instant gratification, constant connectivity, andshiny lights, beeps, and sounds of our ever-present smartphones,laptops, and other devices. In earlier eras, these hardwiredevolutionary patterns may have set us up for success, but todaythey confuse our instincts, leaving us vulnerable and stressed outfrom fractured attention, missed sleep, skipped meals, and all-overaches and pains.So how can we avoid the evolutionary pitfalls programmed intomodern technology use? Erik Peper, Richard Harvey, and Nancy Faassoffer real, practical tools to avoid the evolutionary traps thattrip us up, helping us reduce physical strain, prevent soremuscles, combat brain drain, and correct poor posture. They firstdescribe some of the problems associated with technology overuse,then offer strategies for mitigating technological stress, like howto:Increase patience and calm while working at a computerImprove communication with spouses, children, and co-workersduring digital device usageArrange your work environment to best match your individualneedsReduce hypervigilance and excessive cortisol production whileusing digital devicesLimit the bracing and freezing responses under stress that leadto 'blanking out' or not remembering detailsCultivate a sense of safety under conditions of workplacethreat