If you are like so many other professionals, you are always online. You may not physically be in front of your computer, but you are “online” at all times via your Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or other smartphone devices. I am one of the individuals that is always online. In fact, it was not until my honeymoon last fall that I even knew there was an option to turn off data on my Blackberry . This (arguably) good feature disabled my email – how pathetic is that!
Now, with more recent studies and media attention, the “always online” mentality is being addressed. Naturally the news is not always that positive. Recently, the New York Times started an investigative series addressing how computers are affecting us called Your Brain on Computers. The first part of the series, Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price is a great read.
Like many of us who are always online, there are really no vacations. However what price are we paying for the effects on family and children? I’ll leave readers to figure these questions out for themselves. For a little more perspective, read Working At Home: Family-Friendly?