The undisputed power of digital technology is increasingly controlling the way that we live: how we communicate, work and socialise. Alongside the tremendous opportunities that digital technology brings, concerns are starting to emerge related to a range of problems ranging from cyber-crime to behavioural programming, addiction and isolation.
Digital Downsize is a wide-ranging introduction to some of these issues. Looking particularly at the impact of digital communications, including social media, it examines:
How individual psychology and behaviour is modified by digi-tech
The impact of digital technology on relationships, skills and social resilience
Living and working in an ‘always-on’ environment
As people’s relationship with digi-tech continues to evolve, and we become increasingly mesmerised by its promise, is the potential for compulsive use and addiction being adequately recognised and addressed – and do we care? This book explores these questions, and looks how young people, in particular, may be affected.
Digital Downsize promotes an different sort of relationship between people and digi-tech: one where people use technology in a more ‘aware’ and balanced way. It ends by offering practical suggestions for how to optimise the way that digi-tech is used, so that it enhances, rather than detracts from, quality of life.
This is an accessible book that should make all of us sit back and think about our present and future relationship with digital technology.