I'm not technophobic, I'm techno-saturated

How much information and technology can one person absorb? I am starting to feel like the kid in the Far Side Cartoon that asks, "Mr. Osborne, may I be excused? My brain is full." If companies like Facebook want to claim a piece of my mental real estat

How much information can one person absorb? I have reached the point where I feel like the kid in the classic Far Side cartoon who asks, "Mr. Osborne, may I be excused? My brain is full."

In my last post I wrote about the energy barriers that have kept me from exploring Facebook. I have begun to wonder if there is a law of nature that governs the amount of technology and connection that mere mortals can be expected to manage. (I am picturing the inverted-U of performance vs. arousal that is prevalent in psychology.)

You see, I am definitely not technophobic, but I am techno-saturated. I love gadgets, and I use the web all day long for my work, but to be honest, my desktop is full, my purse is full, and my brain is full!

Symptoms include:

I stood in line when Apple launched Tiger, but I have no idea why I am supposed to be excited about Leopard.

It's fun to IM my best friend during the work day but doing so sends my productivity plummeting and makes me feel like I have ADD.

I am trying to organize my research with Delicious Library but so far I have just succeeded in making a huge mess throughout my house, with books strewn everywhere. I have high hopes for that project in the long run but I'm not there yet.

Facebook is promoting itself with new applications such as Slide's that allow you to "tickle, drunk dial, or throw a sheep at your Facebook friends " (as reported in the print edition of Fast Company). That may be amusing for a college student who is looking for something to do at 1 am, but if Facebook really wants to stake a claim to part of my mental real estate, they're going to have to come up with real-world benefits that are a little more practical.

 

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