The Always On Lifestyle

In the last few years, there has been a tremendous amount of innovation around connecting people. Consumer applications like Facebook and Snapchat have made it easier than ever to reach the people you know. 

In just a few clicks or taps, you can call, text, snap, facetime, etc. to your friend. 

And that is awesome. Right?

In the workplace, too. 

Using tools like Slack, email, hangouts, video calling software, etc. you can reach anyone at any time. 

It has never in history been easier to reach other people. the same time. 

It has never been harder to focus. There are so many distractions in the form of push notifications, emails, bumps, rings, etc. causing us to lose focus of what is really important.

This "always on" lifestyle is not efficient, productive, or that enjoyable.

These tools, while connecting us faintly, are taking us further and further away from being present.

My bet is this type of lifestyle will not last.

Humans need better.

We cannot always be on. We need time to think. To be alone. To relax.

It is a first world problem, yes, but "connectedness" overload is a real problem plaguing people and companies.