Hamlet's Blackberry : Building A Good Life

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Essay 3 In the New York Times Bestselling book, “hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, The author William Powers discusses the good and bad aspects of technology. In Chapter 9, Inventing Your Life, Powers discusses ways to wean yourself off the dependency we all have on technology. One of the ideas for improving digital life that seemed like t would work was “no-email Fridays.” No-email Fridays seemed so interesting because it is so simple and such a great concept. This was working so well that many businesses took on the idea. Businesses took on the concept and put it into action when several studies came out as a possible answer to the problem of distracted, inefficient workers. Businesses said that something had to be done because of the loss in productivity from all of the information overload. The information overload was estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Businesses said that no-email Fridays was a great way to lighten the mental burden, restore focus, and encourage the face-to-face interaction of their employees. Businesses wanted to use no-email Fridays as like casual Fridays where employees could wear what they wanted. Casual Fridays gave the employees a bit more control and improved their moods and their productivity. If it worked with clothes, why not technology? Even though this concept was proven to work, it is still not widely adopted by the employees. When given the task of not using any technology for work

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