17Get Out of the Technological Time Sinks

There is more to life than just increasing its speed.GANDHI

Technology can be your best friend or your worst enemy. As we race into the twenty-first century, bombarded by information from all sides, many people seem to have an irresistible, if not obsessive, need to communicate continually with people everywhere—in their personal and business lives.

This compulsion to communicate incessantly— entailing the nonstop use of cell phones, BlackBerry devices, personal digital assistants, the Internet (both wireless and wired), and various contact management systems such as Microsoft Outlook and Maximizer—tends to leave people psychologically breathless. We have no time to stop, smell the roses, and collect ...

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