Have You Become Too Attached And Dependent On Technology?

Take this Quiz to Find Out

In their book, TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @WORK @HOME @PLAY, Michelle M. Weil, Ph.D. and Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D. assert that the growing dependence on technology affects us negatively. We count on our machines to do so much that when something goes wrong with our technology we are thrown into a tailspin. According to Weil and Rosen, "People allow themselves to be sucked into this technological abyss, and in doing so they become more machine-oriented and less sensitive to their own needs and the needs of others. Some people become so immersed in technology that they risk losing their own identity." This is called "Technosis."

 

Are You a Victim of Technosis?

Yes

No

Do you feel stressed if you haven't checked your voice or e-mail within the last 12 hours?

Yes

No

Do you feel as if you can't cook a meal without technological gadgets?

Yes

No

Do you become upset when you can't find an ATM for quick cash?

Yes

No

Do you have difficulty writing without sitting in front of your computer?

Yes

No

Do you have a hard time determining when you are finished researching a topic on the Internet?

Yes

No

Do you feel less adequate than your highly technologized peers?

Yes

No

Do you rely on pre-programmed systems to contact others?
© 1997-2002 Michelle M. Weil and Larry D. Rosen

 

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be suffering from "Technosis." Victims of Technosis develop an attachment to technology. It grows slowly, but before people know it, they have lost sight of where they end and technology begins. Symptoms of Technosis include overdoing work and never feeling finished, believing faster is better, and not knowing how to function successfully without technology.


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