Addicted to High-Tech Speed

Addicted to High-Tech Speed, Tamara
Straus, AlterNet
AlterNet’s Tamara Straus reports from the recent
conference ‘ The Search for Meaning in the New
Millennium,’ which brought together psychologists, therapists, and
high-tech workers to discuss the dangers–social, physical,
ethical, and psychological–of our obsession with speed. ‘The most
frightening revelation of all concerned the emergence of several
new high-tech illnesses, specifically ‘hurry sickness,’ the disease
that befalls those who, forever armed with a Palm digital assistant
and a cell phone, have lost the ability to relax, and ‘speed
addiction’–a condition epitomized by conference participant Fred
Mouawad, who works 16 hours a day at his luxury goods dot-com and
keeps an hourglass on his desk to remind himself that ‘time is our
scarcest resource.” — Leif
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