Tech Off

Tim Moorey

Published by
Academy of Hypnotic Arts Ltd
ISBN 9781999764159
RRP £9.95
Reviewed by A P Sutcliffe MSc CCI, MBCS
Score

6 out of 10

There can be little question that technology has become highly pervasive in almost everyone’s lives over the last few decades. Some consider that this is a worrying trend; that the ubiquity of technology has led to people being forced to be constantly “on-line”, even when they are not supposed to be working. In a similar way, the technology used for entertainment reduces the opportunity for “down time” and creative thinking. This book considers those issues.

It has a slightly unusual approach; the text is written in the format of an interview, and takes an almost “stream of consciousness” style of writing, with a relaxed conversational process. This is broken up in an uneven fashion, with occasional one line sentences, mixed with longer paragraphs, presented in short lines across a page. There are a few chapter breaks, but these are not always the same length.

The book doesn’t make reference to any research material; this is a shame, as there have been some studies that would be appropriate to the topic. As such, the book is really about the author’s own beliefs, without any attempt to provide academic justification for the concepts. In addition, it could be thought that the advice being provided by the author is simply for everyone to turn off their devices; in fact, there are some limited suggestions of other options that would allow the reader to take a more mature approach to using technology, and reduce its intrusion into their lives.

I found the style of writing intriguing, if a little irritating at times. This was a shame, as I thought some of the arguments compelling. In particular, the concept of taking opportunities to allow the mind to wander in between tasks, as a way to generate creativity is well known to be effective. Equally, I felt disappointed that the discussion made many assumptions about how people work, and although I would agree these might be valid in some instances, it is not always the case.

In particular, it could be argued that there was one item barely discussed within the conversation; and that relates to appropriate levels of training for people to make the best use of their technology. In many of the points made by the author, it might be suggested that the end users had apparently not received the necessary instruction in order to gain the maximum benefit from their use.

As a book to stimulate a dialogue, this book might well be of value; but it does not quite seem to offer too many of the answers.

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September 2017