~Manoush Zomorodi, "The Case for Boredom"
We recently took part in the podcast Note to Self's Bored and Brilliant project, a week of challenges aimed at helping people detach from their phones and spend more time thinking creatively. The challenges included not taking any pictures for a day and deleting the app you use most (at least for a day), and you are also supposed to download an app that monitors your phone use (it seems counterintuitive to add an app to your phone to stop you from using the apps on your phone, but the results were, in our case, somewhat alarming). This got us thinking about our technology usage - how much we used technology, what kinds of technology, and what for.
There are several item in the catalog that speak to our modern use of technology, whether it's about staying connected without diminishing our intelligence, attention spans, and ability to really live; the legal contract social media users have made with service providers; the lack of opportunities for silence, wonder, and solitude in our hyperconnected lives; the affect of our increasingly networked world on global affairs; young people's use of social media; and a couple even posit that every technological innovation - from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph - has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today, but we adapt. If you're uneasy about your use of technology or looking to find out more about the ways technology connects us all, the library catalog might have something to pique your interest! Here are some likely contenders:
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection by Jacob Silverman
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd
Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives by Randi Zuckerberg
Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate by Shawn DuBravac, Ph. D.
How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson [DVD]