Digital wellbeing in ten languages
The Greek edition now brings the total number of languages my three books are published in – apart from English – up to ten. I think it’s a testament to how much the issue of getting a better balance with tech and resisting the attention economy is resonating around the globe, that there is a demand for writing on the subject in such diverse tongues.
The book is shaped around the very personal stories of 24 people I have worked with, or encountered, over my many years of working in this field. I tell their individual stories of the aspect of balancing tech they struggled with and then expand out into discussing how that issue might impact all of us. Some of the issues include;
- Vampire shopping – late-night online shopping from our beds when tired, now the biggest growth sector for the retail industry and getting lots of people into debt and difficulties.
- Cyberchondria – googling health symptoms online and then self-diagnosing based on shady internet forums peddling quack cures.
- Clicktivism – the feeling that hitting ‘like’ and ‘share’ on posts is all we need to do to make real changes in the world.
Ensuring we’re preserving our digital wellbeing is central to all the advice I give in ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’. How can we use the internet and the digital world in a way that’s healthy without giving it up altogether?
In the book I also talk about my framework to ensure we’re all developing into good digital citizens.
- H – Humanity – “I realise that we are all connected”
- A – Authenticity – “I’m always my real self”
- C – Collaboration “I come together with others to create something greater than myself”
- C – Critical Thinking “I question facts, sources, people”
- K – Kindness “I treat everyone with compassion”
Exploring all aspects of offline and online life
The stories in the book are divided into three sections; ‘Loving’ ‘Living’ and ‘Learning’ with the issues grouped into the part of our lives where they are affecting us the most. Whether that’s catfishing, sharenting and digital legacies in Loving, comparison culture, trolling and multi-screening in Living or tech-life balance, nomophobia and filter bubbles in Learning – there is most definitely something in here for everyone, at any age or stage in life.
In the talks I give in workplaces and in schools and to organisations across the world, I’m hearing more and more that we are all struggling with some aspect of our relationship with technology. I hope that no matter where you are, there is something in ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’ that will help. You can find all the foreign language editions on Amazon and at all good bookshops worldwide.