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“Technology Fatigue and Stress”

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By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Stress Sources!!!

Accreditations
Down Sizing
Stock Market “ Down Jones”
Gas Prices up
Health Crises
Global Warming
Privacy Issue
Techno Stress

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Improved Technology

• As technology
advances, it will
become easier to deal
with.

• But….

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Information Age

The growth rate in knowledge


=
Amount of information
available to a Society.

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Growth Rate of Knowledge

Dark Ages 1390 AD - 1720 320 Years*


Industrial Revaluation 1720 – 1870 160 Years
Age of Modernism 1870 - 1950 80 Years
Era of Mass Communication 1950-1990 40 Years
Personalize Automation 1990-1994 4 Years
Age of Information 1994-1996 2 Years
Instant Interaction 2000 Monthly

* Based on our ancestral benchmark for documenting information, it took approximately 320 years
for our universe of knowledge to double in size.

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Identify Your Stressors

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Technology Over-Load

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Stress and Technology

“Ultimately The body


becomes the battlefield
for the war game of the mind .”

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
The Result – “Techno-Stress”

 The development of
an attachment to
technology.
 It grows slowly, but
before people know it,
they have lost sight of
where they end, and
technology begins.

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Symptoms of “Techno-Stress”

Overdoing work and never feeling finished…


 Believing faster is better
 Not knowing how to function successfully
without Technology
Inability to Concentrate on Single Issue
Feeling of Loss of Control
Unfinished Tasks Creep Into your Mind
Increased Irritability
Loss of Memory

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Short-term Effects of
“Techno-Stress”

Increased Heart Rate


Increased Blood Pressure
Increased Muscle Tension
Decreased Rate of Breathing
Unstable Metabolism Activity

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Long-term Effects of
“Techno-Stress”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)


Chronic Pain (Joints and Muscles Tension)
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Suppressed Immune System
Colds and Flues
General Sense of Fatigue
Insomnia
Depression

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Letting Go of “Techno-Stress”

The best Stress Management Program: Should Addrss

Causes of Technology-Stress (Coping Skills)

Symptoms of Technology-Stress (Relaxation)

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Effective Coping Skills

The Purpose of Effective Coping Skills


is to increase your Awareness
of the issue and work toward peaceful resolution

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Effective Coping Skills

“High-Tech - High-Touch”
“Attitude is Everything”
Take Control – Make Choices
Make Fun of IT
Time Management
Talk about IT
Fuddle Around
Seek Information

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Coping Strategy

• “High-Tech _ High-Touch
 When “High Human Touch“ is ignored in implementing
technology, technology encounters resistance and
resistance transfers into stress.
 Seek Understanding and Harmony
• “Attitude is Everything”
 Attitude Adjustment
 Take Control – Make Choices, Technology is here to serve
us not to slave us…

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Coping with Technology Changes

• The message? We have to change with technology changes. No


matter who you are. The technological changes that have occurred
in the last 50 years are astounding. And most of them have affected
us personally.
• Elements that will help you deal with the new technological realities
 Don't be dictated to by technology
 Don't be ashamed to learn from others
 You absolutely must look at new technologies

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
How to Seek Info & Learn new
Technology

 Select a Technology Coach


 Set Simple Goals
 Ask a friend
 Experiment & Play
 Learn from a student: It pays
 Read the manual. A last resort!!!

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Effective Relaxation Techniques

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Effective Relaxation Techniques

Physical Exercise
Prayer
Yoga
Meditation (Focus)
Breathing
Relaxing Sounds
Breaks
Stress Balls

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Some Final Thoughts

Techno-Stress is, and will be part of the every work


environment, We must learn to adapt to change
Don’t become Statistics
You Can’t fight or flee from most of the 21st Century
stressors
Techno-Stress is now linked to many illnesses
Effective Stress Management programs include both
effective Coping Skills and Relaxation Techniques.
Just Do it
Stay Open to Possibility.

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Conclusions

 Don’t become Statistics:

 Just Do it:

 Have You Ever Hypnotized a chicken?

 Stay Open to Possibility:

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
IF None Works

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Questions and Answers

By: Ahmad Al Shami, MSc. - © 2008 _ New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)