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Tech stress builds with gadget proliferation

15 October 2013

A man with his forehead on his computer keyboard

Psychologists talk about the “always on” syndrome, and people feeling overwhelmed. However, Gesine Schaffer, a retired psychologist says, "With my own grandkids … this technology is just part of their culture. Kids see heavy use of these devices as normal, and I think they know how to manage that stress … ”.

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Discussion starters

  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to discuss the interactions between technological 
outcomes, people, and social and physical environments within particular socio-technological environments. (level 6)
  • Characteristics of Technology: Use this and other examples to identify examples where Technology has changed people’s sensory perception and/or physical abilities and discuss the potential short- and long-term impacts. (level 4)

Keywords: stress, gadget, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology

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