Gorging on information streams, hungry for just one more click, our mental and physical systems are becoming overwhelmed, overworked, and overloaded. Yet many of us don't realise this until we either take a step back, or until it is too late and we burn out.
Whether we are plugged in or not, the common denominator remains the same - life does not go on hiatus when we plug in, but we do get to choose whether we are there for it.
Voluntarily releasing yourself from the clutches of your mobile phone is not appealing: we know too well that unsettling
It's about exploring how we choose to use technology, and understanding the pull digital devices have on us. It's about being in control of how we fit digital devices in to our lives, rather than being ruled by them.
Quick: where's your phone? If it's within an arms-reach, you're not alone. (Maybe you're even reading this on your phone!) When this question was asked at a recent networking event I attended, the vast majority of people said their phone was always near them, even while they're sleeping!
There's a new trend forecast for 2014 (and one that will make our lives a lot easier) - this is the year of JOMO, also known
It is estimated that the average person checks their phone 110 times a day. By the time we have checked our Facebook account 14 times a day, Twitter, Whats App, Snapchat, three different email accounts and Instagram, it's not surprising that most of us never have time for any kind of relaxation or reflective thought.
There is a cult of the virtual that has occurred and we are human beings and mustn't forget the art of being tactile and in the world more than we are virtual. Real connection is something that ought to outweigh the time you spend plugged into technology!
You may have come to understand that being online is crucial to your success but being aware of what's energising you and what's not will significantly help. Productivity is about being in the zone - excited by what you are doing.
Whether lost, listening to music, keeping in touch with friends or just desperate to Instagram your spaghetti bolognese - your