Home Work Career Confessions Monday Must-Reads: Are you part of the new “driveby” culture?

 The Psychology of Making Huge Career Jumps.  It’s all about psychology folks.  Read this great example.  Also, if you aren’t already subscribing to Ramit Sethi’s blog, I highly recommend you do.  It’s awesome for young professionals trying to get their financial life together.

It’s tax time, so I had to post this article on 7 Simple Mistakes that can lead to an audit.

Driveby culture and the endless search for wow. I often think about how our dependence on technology is changing society.  For example, I have a sister who is almost 10 years younger than me.  Her teenage years are completely different than mine because of technology. 

The more we rely on technology, the more we want answers “right now.”  The more we search for instant gratification, the more we get a false sense of satisfaction.  Technology makes it easier to walk away from important things because you figure you can quickly replace it.  Technology makes people afraid of the phone and impatient.  We want it all right now.  We can Google the answer to anything, so we don’t bother learning.  How do you think our dependence on technology is changing society?

8 Places You Won’t find Inner Happiness  To piggyback on the previous article, I think all this technology sometimes makes us more lonely than we would be with out it.  Why?  Because we are so used to being inundated with instant messages, tweets, new emails, and Facebook updates.  If we don’t get any, it feels weird.  If we aren’t constantly being entertained, we are bored.  We don’t know how to just be with ourselves anymore (I can’t even get through an elevator ride without my iPhone). 

This article lists 8 places most of us have tried finding happiness, but haven’t.  Do you think that technology has changed the way people get happy?  Do you think technology has changed our need for instant “happiness highs”?

4 replies to this post
  1. Thanks for the round-up, Nicole! I agree with you on technology. I think we all need to “unplug” regularly. I do this on vacation; we purposely travel out of the country so it is expensive to use our cell phones or even keep them on! Therefore, vacation time is without phones, internet, laptops, social media, etc., and I can get back in touch with me and the “real world.”

    Teenagers today amaze me! I couldn’t imagine having a cell phone in school! I didn’t even get my first cell phone until I graduated from college! (I was a little late adopting the technology.) But, when I think about it, I’m rather proud that I have caught up on most of what’s going on around the internet and different modes of technology.

    Ok, off to read about the psychology of changing careers! Happy Monday.

  2. Thanks for linking to my post Nicole! You’ve really put an interesting spin on it – one I had not considered when I initially wrote it. But you just might be right. I’ve been flipping a similar idea around in my head for a little while now and that is – is this constant need to know things NOW, affecting our ability to actually live in the now? or in other words, like you said, are we relying too much on technology and our “connections” to make us happy? a very interesting debate that you’ve raised – I like it!

    • You wrote a great post. Another simple yet honest post with lessons that we need to be reminded of sometimes. I’ve been guilty of seeking happiness in (almost!) all of the places you mentioned. It really is quite unfullfilling. I will say, a combination of those things and a strong sense of self usually does the trick. It’s a balancing act of living in the virtual world and the physical world.

  3. I absolutely agree! One example… if anyone in my office forgets their Blackberry or iPhone at home… they literally will flip out and drive 30 to 60 minutes back home to get it. People vent about feeling “disconnected”, etc. If i forget mine I rely on Gmail and update my status to “forgot phone, don’t call or text!” :) Just being proactive!

    Ever see someone sitting at their desk checking their phone often to see if they missed a call, text or email? Not only is it annoying and unprofessional… it could cost you your job. Getting connected with the world outside of technology is a challenge alot of us should take on more often.

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