Our Modern Lives: Tune In or Turn Off?

April 16, 2008 at 8:26 am (PR Musings, socialTNT) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is a post I contributed to my friend Chris Lynn’s blog, socialTNT.

With Blackberries and iPhones keeping us constantly connected to an online IV stream, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to disconnect. As of late, discussion around the problems of our “always on” lifestyles seem to be popping up everywhere. Last month, the Churchill Club held a panel on the issue of information overload. And, even more alarming, The New York Times recently chronicled the health problems–and two deaths–resulting from the demands of round-the-clock blogging. While not as severe as those tragic cases, I recently came face-to-face with my own info-addiction.

Click here to read the rest of my post on socialTNT.

[The above photo, “Streeter Seidell, Comedian” by Zach Klein on flickr, is used under Creative Commons]



  1. Kelly said,

    I don’t think it’s possible to prevent information overload. If we pride ourselves on always being one step ahead of the game and having our finger on the pulse of tech then how can we disconnect? Yeah, your computer or phone might be off, but are you reading the newspaper or that issue of BusinessWeek just for fun?

  2. Marie Williams said,

    Thanks for the comment Kelly! I agree that we can’t prevent information overload completely.

    I think the key is realizing that complete immersion is a losing game and you should enjoy whatever you are able to stay on top of. In other words, don’t beat yourself over the head because you’re not on top of everything that’s out there.

    It’s definitely a struggle for us PR pros, but as you know all too well we try our best and stay ahead as much as we can. 🙂

  3. Brian Alexander said,

    It is hard to turn off. But I did it for a week and it was great.


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