Jason Berek-Lewis Founder, Healthy Startups
What if I am wrong about healthy cyborgs? What if mobile health, smart phones, data tracking peripherals, Google Glass and online social networking are really making us very sick?
If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you could be a sick cyborg:
head in the clouds
anti social networking
the gamification of life
machine drug addiction
Our incessant craving for new technologies, constant access, the next big thing and granular gratification is creating a new generation of distracted, dissatisfied, disconnected and depressed tech users.
Our need to be online is detracting from our personal real world relationships, our engagement in physical activity and our desire to experiment and discover things that are real, tangible and lasting.
Sick cyborgs have created a world where everything is transient: hardware, software, celebrity, infotainment, 'news', friendship, interests, learning.
Sick cyborgs espouse the benefits of the cloud, but what if it's not a cloud but a miasma of distration, desire and delinquency?
While we dream of and build healthy cyborgs maybe we are actually making ourselves sick: forgoing sleep, living off ramen and caffeine, cashing out our relationships and crowdsourcing our sense of self.
Here's the cure (or maybe I am just another snake oil salesman). Close this post. Log off. Auto save whatever it is that you are working on and pick it up later...
Go and live your life - in the real world (at least until the next notification chime).
Also see: The Rise of Healthy Cyborgs