Sunday, April 06, 2014

digital placebos

Here I sit, surrounded by my electronic toys.

The iPad playing the music, the phone alerting me to incoming texts and calls, the laptop my outlet to the world, the television showing the umpteenth rerun of a vaguely familiar movie - long forgotten but still somehow strangely comforting.

Modern life must be really tough considering how many digital placebos it takes to make us feel better about ourselves.

Much of the need for the placebos is created by the technology itself of course.

The tech toys don't just bring in music and release. They also bring in emails, work, bad news, and constantly bombard us with updates that make us feel that somehow we're not 'doing it all'.

It's a vicious circle. Ever faster connections tying us closer to the world make ever more placebos necessary. We cannot avoid it, but we can understand it. And understanding is the first step to dealing with it.

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