Friday, August 08, 2003

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Too much technology diminishes work relationships, author says

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Too much technology diminishes work relationships, author says "Tim Sanders has spent his career promoting the use of technology, and it's in this quest that he experienced his darkest of moments.
Sanders, the chief solutions officer at Yahoo!, said his career was thriving in the mid-1990s, yet he began to feel increasingly empty. He noticed colleagues sending him instant messages from 5 feet away. He watched brilliant engineers slowly replace face-to-face relationships with lower-risk contact online.
"I saw a paradox," he said, "a world of community with loneliness."
Sanders came to define the condition as "New Economy Depression Syndrome," a state of work-related stress brought on by information overload, constant interruption by technology (think e-mail, instant messaging and cell phones) and the increasing personal isolation that technology affords us."
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