“In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” Herbert A. Simon (1971)
Today we live in a highly digitized world. We work, play, entertain ourselves, and even educate our children using digital devices, technologies & applications.
Technology has really come into its own and has shown us the power of social media and technology. We have never been in a better technological landscape to cope with isolation and self-quarantine. Remote working has been enabled by technological advances. Within our living future, there is the possibility that cars will be completely driverless, that everything we need will be deliverable to our homes by the touch of a button, and that the types of jobs our children do will be completely unknown to us now.
Adapting to constant change is, and will become even more so, one of the skills which we as humans will require.
In this first lesson, we are going to look at the connections between this digital world and our health & wellbeing. Health, wellbeing and digital resilience will all be defined and we will investigate how they overlap with each other.