What Causes Stress…

What_Causes_Stress What Causes Stress…Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff makes the good point that today’s stressful environments are a matter of doing too many things at the same time without adequate means of communicating with others. He writes:

“When the social now is relegated to the multitasking digital envirornment, we may expect the results we have been witnessing: teen suicides, depression, higher stress, and a greater sense of disconnection. It’s not because digital technology is inherently depressing, but, again, it’s because we are living multiple roles simultaneously, without the time and cues we normally get to move from one to the other. In the real world, 94 percent of our communication occurs nonverbally. Our gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, and even the size of our irises at any given moment tell the other person much more than our words do.” (Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Penguin Group, New York, 2013, p. 126.)