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Technology and Psychological Well-being

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George Rodman, Katherine G. Fry, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Azy Barak, Steven L. Goldman, Michael P. O'Driscoll, Caroline Biron, Cary L. Cooper, Tal Oron-Gilad, Peter. A. Hancock, Ellen Ernst Kossek, Brenda A. Lautsch, Susan C. Eaton, Raymond W. Novaco, Oscar I. Gonzalez, Jeffrey W. Jutai, Sherry Coulson, Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Rae Lesser Blumberg
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  • In the modern world we are surrounded by technology. Gadgets such as cell phones, portable computers, and electronic diaries accompany us throughout the day. But is this a good thing? Are we being served by these technological wonders, or have we become enslaved by them? Does constant availability via technology make us more efficient or more stressed? Is our ability to connect with others all over the world, day or night, making us more sociable or turning us into recluses in a virtual world? This book considers the impact of technology on the different spheres of our life - work, home, family and leisure - and assesses ways in which to build better communication between technology developers and society to ensure that technology enhances our lives and psychological well-being, rather than damaging them.

    • A topic that now impacts the lives of most people
    • Questions whether technological gadgets allowing us to bring our work home with us lead to greater work satisfaction or turn us into stressed workaholics
    • Considers the gender-related issues of technology by assessing whether technological breakthroughs represent the way to gender equality
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    "Giving voice to different perspectives and practical concerns, this inspired book presents an original, wide-ranging read, spanning from remote pasts to close futures. An overview of challenges and promises of technologies is offered along with a call for a humanistic agenda culminating on shared critical capability, precious and powerful as a ‘lighthouse in the darkness."
    --Alberta Contarello, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Padua, Italy

    "Already there have been many substantial books looking at the wide impact of new technologies on our political, economic and social lives. Technology and Psychological Well-being is one the first to step back and look at the deeper, long-range significance of the communication technology that is reshaping our lives. With an extraordinary set of contributors, this book breaks new ground and makes an enormous contribution to understand the ways in which our well-being, happiness and sense of security are shifting from all the technology in our lives. Only now, after a generation has experienced all this change, can such large and important issues begin to be properly understood."
    --Jeffrey Cole, Director, Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School

    "Talk of information overload, Internet addiction, and work-life imbalance conveys a common fear of our well-being getting lost in the pursuit of technological gadgets and lifestyles. This book throws a critical, academic light on the countervailing role that new information and communication technologies can play in shaping the quality – social and psychological - of our everyday life and work. An excellent contribution to our understanding of technology and society."
    --Professor William H. Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511629853
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    1. Communication technology and psychological well-being: Yin, Yang, and the golden mean of media effects George Rodman and Katherine G. Fry
    2. Internet and well-being Yair Amichai-Hamburger and Azy Barak
    3. Information, innovation, and society Steven L. Goldman
    4. Work-related technological change and psychological well-being Michael P. O'Driscoll, Caroline Biron, and Cary L. Cooper
    5. From ergonomics to hedonomics: trends in human factors and technology Tal Oron-Gilad and Peter A. Hancock
    6. 'Good teleworking': under what conditions does teleworking enhance employees' well-being? Ellen Ernst Kossek, Brenda A. Lautsch, and Susan C. Eaton
    7. Commuting and well-being Raymond W. Novaco and Oscar I. Gonzalez
    8. Technology and medicine Jeffrey W. Jutai, Sherry Coulson, and Elizabeth Russell-Minda
    9. Mothers of invention? The myth-breaking history and planetary promise of women's key roles in subsistence technology Rae Lesser Blumberg
    10. Technology and well-being: designing the future Yair Amichai-Hamburger.

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    Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Israel

    Contributors

    George Rodman, Katherine G. Fry, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Azy Barak, Steven L. Goldman, Michael P. O'Driscoll, Caroline Biron, Cary L. Cooper, Tal Oron-Gilad, Peter. A. Hancock, Ellen Ernst Kossek, Brenda A. Lautsch, Susan C. Eaton, Raymond W. Novaco, Oscar I. Gonzalez, Jeffrey W. Jutai, Sherry Coulson, Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Rae Lesser Blumberg

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