Technology and the ways we use it have grown exponentially, but with that growth people have become increasingly concerned over the potential distractions devices can create. When our concerns become strong enough, the natural response is to minimize the distraction by limiting our use or periodically eliminating it through device detox. However, our desire to unplug becomes more difficult as newer technology is introduced and more of our lives and business are online. How do we solve this?
This report examines people’s concerns around technology distraction, attitudes toward the causes and effects and how Invisible Computing can create better outcomes without amplifying the distractions we experience from today’s devices.
- Overall, key findings from the survey include:
- While most respondents said they periodically subtract devices from their life in one way or another, 54% said subtracting technology—namely phones and other personal devices—from their lives didn’t create the desired effect or they were unsure if the elimination had the desired effect
- A third—33%—said restricting tech had no lasting effect or that their usage actually increased when they started using their device again
- 32% believe that people, not devices are the primary reason for excessive use
- 65% of respondents believe we will continue to rely on technology more and more
- 36% of respondents don’t think there is a solution to problems with excessive device time because our reliance will only continue to grow
- 50% of respondents think that future technology will evolve to fit our lives better