National Reviews and Articles About TechnoStress

"Self-Help Is on the Way"

Eric Nee

Upside Magazine, November 1997

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"TechnoStress is a good guide for those who want answers to issues such as these. It should also be read by people who don't need personal trainers but are responsible for creating environments in which the rest of us do. In fact, the book should be required reading for anyone who designs high-tech products, from personal computers to automatic teller machines. It may give them some ideas about how to make their products more humane while still reaping the benefits of technology."

"Busting Ghosts in the Machine: A new book examines the subtle but growing dangers we face from our favorite technologies"

Jamie Friddle

Computers After Hours, November 1997

Under the guise of progress, does technology pose a veiled threat to humanity? Many sociologists and psychologists argue that we will pay a price making life better with technology. While small microtransactions of energy and information that cause microwaves to heat water, make $20 bills issue from ATMs, or allow computers to carry a typed message from Tokyo to New York have improved aspects of our lives, has it been at some cost?

Psychologists Michelle M. Weil, Ph.D., and Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D., have come to some conclusions in their new book, TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play. The psychologists, in true empirical fashion, expose "the invisible or only vaguely apparent stresses" that are caused by over-reliance on the devices around us. You can assess your level of dependence by determining which "technotype" category you fall into: Eager Adopters, Hesitant "Prove Its," or Resisters. Most importantly, Rosen and Weil explain the major dangers that stem from technology and how you can regain control over your technostressed life.

"Government Workers Grapple With Cyberphobia"

Dan Rothberg, AP

USA Today, October 6, 1997


Michelle Weil, a clinical psychologist in Orange, Calif., and co-author of the book TechnoStress: Coping With Technology at Work, at Home, at Play said about 15% of people love technology and up to 25% of the rest are what she called "resisters." "The resisters will have higher stress, lower productivity, less efficiency and higher workers comp claims," she said.

"Technophobia? Fear Not! Technology is in your face, your life - at home, at work, at play. You can run, but you can't hide. Here's how to embrace the future"

David Hayes

Kansas City Star, June 19, 1997


Even those who use the Internet daily have concerns about how easy it is to use. A survey by MCI One found that 68% of the people who currently don't use communications technology like the Internet, pagers and cellular phones feel technophobic about it. But a more telling statistic may be of the people who do not use the same communication technologies, Weil said. Of people currently using pagers, cell phones or the Net, 52% feel the same thing - they feel technophobic about it.

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