Technology overload

Hi Tom,

I’m an occupational therapist and sensory specialist with expertise on the impact of technology on human development and would like to respond to your request for tips to address techno overload. I’m working with Microsoft on a concept I’ve termed Balanced Technology Management, where people balance what they need to grow and succeed with technology use.

There are three critical factors for achieving optimal physical and mental health, as well as workplace productivity; movement, touch and human connection. Overuse of technology is resulting in deprivation of these three critical elements, with subsequent decline in physical and mental health. Chronic high adrenalin states from constant technology use is causing adrenal fatigue and technology “burnout”, hugely affecting workplace productivity.


Adults require one hour per day of vigorous movement to promote optimal arousal states necessary to focus and achieve optimal productivity. The best types of movement are those that simulate “heavy work” in the form of push-pull-lift-carry activities. Workplace examples would be stationary weights, chin-up bars, or hand/chair/wall/floor push-ups. Home examples would be gardening, stopping off at the gym, cleaning out the garage/basement, or playful wrestling with partner or kids.


Emailing and Skype meetings have resulted in less physical contact at work. TV’s in every room at home isolate family members. Cell phone use has reduced the perceived need to get together. Touch deprivation is causing a soaring incidence of anxiety and depression, as people feel more and more alone.

Human Connection

As people connect more and more to technology, they are disconnecting from self, others and nature (termed The Triple Disconnect). The virtual world and reality TV has replaced a sense of “self”, as identities become more and more blurred. Social ability continues to decline, especially in young males, creating a widening void between partners, as well as between parents and children. Adults now “fear” nature, and pass these fears onto children. As nature is the ultimate healer, mental illness reaches epidemic numbers.

Let me know if this is what you are looking for?

Have a GREAT day!


Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Approved Provider AOTA
CEO Zone’in Programs Inc.
6840 Seaview Rd.
Sechelt, BC V0N3A4
604-885-0986 office, 604-885-0389 fax, 604-740-2264 cell
email crowan@zonein.ca
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