September 25, 2003

Got NEDS?

New Economy Depression Syndrome. I don't have it. Much. But it's a wonder that I don't. Let's look at some of my risk factors: socially isolated with few face to face contacts for days; male; spends more than 30 hours on the Internet each week; and I'm a "digital immigrant" ... not native to this landscape, being over the big five-oh having to compete in a novel, technologically demanding world unlike the one that nurtured me. Thats for starters.

NEDS seems to be a dis-ease of our times of "inforuption". I understand it, but thank God, I don't carry a pager, don't have 250 corporate emails a day, don't tote a cell phone, and live in a "love" environment that Yahoo Senior Executive Tim Sanders says is the "killer App" against NEDS. It sounds fuzzy but the man has a well-articulated point and the statistics to back up his arguments. Here's how NEDS is described; see if you see yourself here:

NEDS is a self-reinforcing depression brought on by information overload and frequent interruption leading to an erosion of close personal relationships. Symptoms of NEDS include anxiety, exhaustion, burn-out, difficulty making decisions, irritability, sadness, and sleep disturbances. Tim believed underlying many of these symptoms is information overload. For example information workers scan hundreds of pages of information daily while enduring a constant flow of interruptions from cell phones, blackberries, instant messaging and pagers. At the same time, many people lack quality interaction in relationships. Some of us even email the person in the cubicle next to us instead of walking five feet to ask a question. There are also countless others whose primary communications and contact occurs in cyberspace. This combination of information overload, constant interruption and social isolation can be emotionally and physically devastating.
Nevertheless, as an indication that I need to get out more, I'll confess that I heard this interview with Mr. Sanders on Windows Media Player (WebTalkGuys) while multitasking in the middle of a gorgeous autumn afternoon. I rest my case. Posted by fred1st at September 25, 2003 07:45 AM | TrackBack
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What's a blackberry?

Posted by: Doc Rock at September 25, 2003 09:16 AM

jam.

Posted by: feste at September 25, 2003 02:00 PM

I had all those symptoms before I bought my first computer, back in the Pleistocene era.

Posted by: CGHill at September 25, 2003 08:14 PM

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