Dr. Larry D. Rosen & Dr. Michelle M. Weil

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Weil, M.M. & Rosen, L.D. (1998). TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @WORK @HOME @PLAY. John Wiley & Sons.  

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As the book's flap proclaims:

Modern technology was designed to empower us and set us free. So why do we often feel more like its slaves than its masters? From pagers to Web sites, e-mail to fax machines, each new "technohelper" places greater demands on us.

If you've ever tried to juggle a steering wheel and a cell phone, or accidentally recorded an infomercial rather than the nightly news on your VCR -- then you already know what TechnoStress feels like. In this, the first "must-have" book of the information age, psychologist Michelle Weil and educator Larry Rosen explain why technology makes people feel under the gun -- and how to preserve your humanity and sanity in a digital world.

The authors draw on their sixteen years of research into the psychology of technology to show exactly how technology affects our bodies and minds, and the impact it has on our lives at home, at work, and at play. The fascinating vignettes they offer explain why we feel we are losing control to technology, or being hopelessly left behind.

But for all of the problems it identifies, TechnoStress is not another polemic against technology. In fact, the authors are proponents of technology. "Technotherapist" Michelle Weil and researcher Larry Rosen have spent the past two decades showing people how to thrive in the age of high-tech. Rather than teaching you how to avoid technology, they show you how to make it work for you.

REVIEWS OF TechnoStress:

"Technology has taken over and there is only one way to stop it: take control back of our own lives. Use it when you want to, not when it wants you to. Always stay behind the leading edge, far behind. And if you are having trouble, remember, it's the fault of the technology for not understanding how you think and what you need. Need more help? Want to know how to do these things? Follow the suggestions in this book. Banish technostress for your life. If enough people do it, maybe we can banish technostress from everyone's lives."

Donald A. Norman, Senior Technical Advisor, Hewlett-Packard, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego, Author of THINGS THAT MAKE US SMART and THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY THINGS.

"At last, some techno-comfort is available. Weil and Rosen offer the technophobe and technophile alike a wealth of practical advice on how to cope in this Age of Technology and Information. This book is a "must have' for all of us who work, play and run our lives with technology."

Professor Dennis McInerney, Head Research and Research Degrees Division, Faculty of Education, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, Sydney Australia 

"Finally, someone has addressed the human side of the information revolution."

James D. Best, author of THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION

"Although some still harbor the hope that technology will just go away and leave us in a state of relaxed, primordial backwardness, it won't. It's presence is pervasive, affecting everyone. At home, at work, on vacation, at the store, and on our leisure time we rub up against the ubiquitous microchip. Has there been anything so powerful in human history that has changed our lives as quickly and as profoundly as the seemingly unstoppable march of technology? Weil & Rosen inform us of the increasingly more complex technologically advanced society that results from this march as well as about the attendant costs of this juggernaut. Fortunately enough, their message is not completely bleak, for they also suggest that the costs associated with these advances may be negotiable. "TechnoStress" does a thorough job in de-mystifying technology. Not only does the book provide a cutting edge theoretical and empirical account of the modern technological revolution, it also offers a practical starters guide to the technologically challenged individual and professional. While its subject is very current and dynamic, the appeal of "TechnoStress" is not limited to young high tech professionals. Its relevance extends from homemakers to corporate executives. The underlying message of the book is that technology, in all of it's qualitative aspects, affects all those in it's midst, not only individuals conversant with it's language and applications. As such, "TechnoStress" is a book about all of us and about the society in which we are likely to live for quite some time."

General (Res.) Mordechai Hod, Ph.D., Former Israeli Air Force commander and Commanding Officer of the Israeli Air Industry

"I have to say, I quite like the treatment done in TechnoStress. The problem is real enough that it will ring true for all readers, from the most technologically sophisticated to the most technophobic. I am struck by its 'tone' -- sympathetic, constructive and pragmatic -- not futuristic, not self-help back to the real world. It is honest and practical with not a lot of heavy-duty psychological theory and jargon. I particularly like the historical tidbits that set the stage for the problem as well as the interesting research findings that lend support to how technostress has invaded our world. The family of the 90s in Chapter 6 sounds, sadly, all too familiar."

Dr. John Mueller, Educational Psychologist, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Rosen, L.D. & Weil, M.M. (1997). The Mental Health Technology Bible, John Wiley and Sons.

A practical guide for the mental health practitioner to successfully integrate technology into any aspect of mental health delivery and practice. Reviewed in the California Psycholgist as " excellent resource manual, well suited to mental health professionals who are either planning to computerize their practice or for those already using a computer and now considering new applications."

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Rosen, L.D. & Weil, M.M. (1996). Easing the Transition From Paper to Computer-Based Systems. In T. Trabin (Ed.) , The Computerization of Behavioral Healthcare, Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

This chapter outlines barriers to introducing technology into any system and provides an accessible clear model for its successful integration. Special attention is paid to designing and implementing a successful technology training program.


Rosen,L.D., & Weil,M.M. (Spring 1999) "TechnoProfessionals: Rules for Thriving in the New Millennium". HDSAware! (online magazine of Hitachi Data Systems).

Rosen, L.D, & Weil, M.M. (Fall 1998). Multitasking Madness. Context Magazine, 70-72.

Weil, M.M., & Rosen, L.D. (1998). "How User Psychology Makes Technology Projects Fail.". HDSAware! (online magazine of Hitachi Data Systems).

Rosen, L.D. (1997). Psychologists and Technology: A look at the future. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 27(6), 635-638.

An interview study of over 200 California Psychologists and their use of mental health technology, including comparisons of those who use and do not use computers, software and other technology.

Rosen, L.D., & Weil, M.M. (1995). Adult and Teenage Consumer Users of Technology: Potholes on the Information Superhighway? Journal of Consumer Affairs, 29(1), 55-84. Full Text Available.WARNING -- This is a long article with lots of graphics that will take time to load.

Two studies of adults and teenagers examining who uses and does not use 32 different consumer, business, and entertainment technology devices. Results indicated that older, technophobic adults with little technology training and lower income, Black and Hispanic technophobic teenagers did not use most technological devices.

Rosen, L.D., & Weil, M.M. (1995). Computer Availability, Computer Experience and Technophobia Among Public School Teachers. Computers in Human Behavior, 11(1), 9-31.

An examination of the reasons why teachers are not using computers and technology. This empirical study of nearly 600 elementary, and secondary teachers in 54 schools across five urban districts showed that variables other than computer experience play a role in resistance to technology.

Rosen, L.D. & Weil, M.M. (1995). Computer Anxiety: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of University Students in 10 Countries. Computers in Human Behavior, 11(1), 45-64.

A comparison of factor structures from university students in 10 countries highlighted cultural differences in responses to computers.

Weil, M.M., & Rosen, L.D. (1995). The Psychological Impact of Technology From a Global Perspective: A study of technological sophistication and technophobia in university students from 23 countries. Computers in Human Behavior, 11(1), 95-133.

A massive study of 3,392 students in 23 countries examined technological sophistication and technological discomfort as predictors of technology utilization. This study highlights the importance of public attitudes, cultural characteristics, political climate, educational attitudes and overall technological support in determining successful adaptation to technology.

Rosen, L.D., Sears, D.C., & Weil, M.M. (1993). Treating Technophobia: A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Computerphobia Reduction Program. Computers in Human Behavior, 9, 27-50.

This study analyzed the results of a three-year program to treat technophobia and highlighted its simplicity and long-term results. 

Weil, M.M., Rosen, L.D. & Wugalter, S. (1990). The Etiology of Computerphobia. Computers in Human Behavior, 6, 361-379.

This study examined the factors that either precede or retard the development of computerphobia.

Rosen, L.D. & Maguire, P.D. (1990). Myths and realities of computerphobia: A meta-analysis. Anxiety Research, 3, 175-191.

This study examined research through 1990 in assessing the myths surrounding computerphobia. 

Rosen, L.D., Sears, D.C. & Weil, M.M. (1987). Computerphobia. Behavior Research Methods, Instrumentation, & Computers, 19(2), 167-179.

This study presented five studies that began the investigation of the incidence and proliferation of computerphobia.

Weil, M.M., Rosen, L.D. & Sears, D.C. (1987). The Computerphobia Reduction Program: Year 1. Program development and preliminary results. Behavior Research Methods, Instrumentation, & Computers, 19(2), 180-184.

This article presents the underpinnings of a program designed to remove computerphobia.


Rosen, L.D., Sears, D.C., & Weil, M.M. (1992). Measuring Technophobia. A manual for the administration and scoring of three instruments: Computer Anxiety Rating Scale (Form C), General Attitudes Toward Computers Scale (Form C) and Computer Thoughts Survey (Form C). California State University Dominguez Hills, Computerphobia Reduction Program. Order Form


Rosen, L.D., Sears, D.C. & Weil, M.M. (1989). The Model Computerphobia Reduction Program: A Longitudinal Evaluation. (Monograph No. 3). California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services No. ED 318 467)

Weil, M.M., Rosen, L.D., & Shaw, S. (1988). Computerphobia Reduction Program: Clinical Resource Manual. California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services No. ED 318 468)

Rosen, L.D. (1988). A Model Program for Computerphobia Reduction. California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Services No. ED 318 466.


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