Book talks about implications of constantly connected world

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New Delhi:

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The wide spectrum of information technology which surrounds us with increasingly sophisticated tools and methods is not only changing our ways of living but also the ways we think and probably even how our brains work, authors of a new book have suggested.

The authors have advised that while accepting that we actually live in a constantly connected world, people at times need to disconnect in order to reconnect with the world.

The connected world has changed the premise of what it means to be a human, and it will continue to influence the lives at a rapidly growing pace in the next few years, both on a personal and professional level, according to the new book Connected or Disconnected: The Art of Operating in a Connected World.

The book published by SAGE talks about how one can handle the challenges that constant connection brings and how one can step out of it so as to tend to one’s wellbeing.

“The connected society comes with a promise of democratisation, context and accessible information. But if we don’t learn to relate to the constancy of it, it will increase stress, impair our sleep, and lead to superficial relationships and low performance,” the authors Micke Darmell and Kapil Rampal have said.

The technology changes and advancements are so fast that one can notice a signicifcant differences in individual’s behaviour, ways of thinking, the book said.

“No matter how fast technical development is and how quickly our society changes and is modernised, our brains are constructed in roughly the same way as they were 50,000 years ago’’, the book also said.

“Even if our brain is malleable and changes according to our environment, it is impossible for it, in one generation, to learn how to focus in more than one thing at a time. When you think you are multitasking, you are in fact switching focus between two or more tasks,” the authors have argued.

(With PTI inputs)

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