Tech Stress (Paperback)

How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics

By Erik Peper, Richard Harvey Ph.D., Nancy Faass MSW MPH

North Atlantic Books, 9781583947685, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

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Description

An evolutionary approach to re-envisioning our relationship with technology--and reclaiming health, happiness, and sanity in a plugged-in world
 
Evolution shapes behaviors--and as a species, we've evolved to be drawn to the instant gratification, constant connectivity, and shiny lights, beeps, and sounds of our ever-present smartphones, laptops, and other devices. In earlier eras, these hardwired evolutionary patterns may have set us up for success, but today they confuse our instincts, leaving us vulnerable and stressed out from fractured attention, missed sleep, skipped meals, and all-over aches and pains.
 
So how can we avoid the evolutionary pitfalls programmed into modern technology use? Erik Peper, Richard Harvey, and Nancy Faass offer real, practical tools to avoid the evolutionary traps that trip us up, helping us reduce physical strain, prevent sore muscles, combat brain drain, and correct poor posture. They first describe some of the problems associated with technology overuse, then offer strategies for mitigating technological stress, like how to:
• Increase patience and calm while working at a computer
• Improve communication with spouses, children, and co-workers during digital device usage
• Arrange your work environment to best match your individual needs
• Reduce hypervigilance and excessive cortisol production while using digital devices
• Limit the bracing and freezing responses under stress that lead to 'blanking out' or not remembering details
• Cultivate a sense of safety under conditions of workplace threat


About the Author

ERIK PEPER, PhD, is Professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University and President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He received the 2004 California Governor's Safety Award for work on Healthy Computing. He's authored numerous scientific articles and books and was featured on ABCNews.com, GQ, Glamour, Men's Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, and Women's Health. RICHARD HARVEY, PHD, an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University, served as president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience. He was recently honored in 2019 by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe's Biofeedback Educator Award. NANCY FAASS, MSW, MPH, founder and director of Health Writers' Group, is a writer and editor in San Francisco. For over twenty years, she has worked with clients to develop books, articles, and web content in the field of integrative medicine.