Technology and Psychological Well-being

Technology and Psychological Well-being

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2009-09-10
EAN 9780521885812, ISBN10: 0521885817

Hardcover, 302 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

In the modern world we are surrounded by technology. Gadgets such as cell phones, portable computers, and electronic diaries accompany us throughout the day. But is this a good thing? Are we being served by these technological wonders, or have we become enslaved by them? Does constant availability via technology make us more efficient or more stressed? Is our ability to connect with others all over the world, day or night, making us more sociable or turning us into recluses in a virtual world? This 2009 book considers the impact of technology on the different spheres of our life - work, home, family and leisure - and assesses ways in which to build better communication between technology developers and society to ensure that technology enhances our lives and psychological well-being, rather than damaging them.

Review of the hardback: 'Giving voice to different perspectives and practical concerns, this inspired book presents an original, wide-ranging read, spanning from remote pasts to close futures. An overview of challenges and promises of technologies is offered along with a call for a humanistic agenda culminating in shared critical capability, precious and powerful as a 'lighthouse in the darkness'.' Alberta Contarello, University of Padua, Italy