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Is Technology Making Us Sick? (The Big Idea)

A primer for the 21st century

Ian Douglas, Matthew Taylor


A lucid analysis of the impact on society of the increased use of technology in everyday life.


Modern technology has enhanced our lives in numerous ways – we can now communicate in real time with friends and colleagues around the world, and do our shopping and banking without leaving home. But, as technology crowds further into our personal lives, is it doing us more harm than good? Are we becoming anxious, depressed and socially isolated, unaware of the manipulating influence of algorithms designed to keep us engaged and to filter the picture of the world we see? Has our online gaming or gambling unwittingly developed into a disturbing addiction? This rigorous and insightful volume assesses the impact of our increased screen time and daily interactions with personal technology on our individual choices, our relationships, and our mental and physical health, and suggests how best to mitigate any adverse effects.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 186

Publication date: 12 March 2020

ISBN: 9780500295311

Contents List

Introduction • Fear of technology • Living with technology • Becoming hooked • Solutions for restoring health • Conclusion

About the Author

Ian Douglas has written widely on science, technology, health, child development and the ways in which they all collide. He spent many years at the Telegraph writing on these topics and as digital development editor, ran the website for the British Library and was head of digital at the Spectator. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, NPR and several podcasts talking about everything from using the scientific method in parenting to codebreaking at Bletchley Park.

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