On Friday’s PBS newshour broadcast, Clay Johnson, author of “The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption”, discussed with Hari Sreenivasan how abundant technology affects our health — producing pulsing side effects such as “email apnea” or “reality dysmorphia.”
The gist of it is that using engaging TOO much in digital technology does have an affect on the human body. Each time you read an email that comes through on your phone, your heart rate may increase. That is just the tip of the iceberg.
Given that is the way of the world, perhaps libraries can add this aspect of DIGITAL LITERACY to our repertoire.
Maybe we could be a kind of respite from over-information and help the public in making wise information choices, just as a dietician helps people make wise food choices.
Watch whole segment: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june12/information_05-18.html