How Our Devices Make Us Less Efficient [PSFK 2013]
Author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explains how being constantly connected actually slows us down.
Speaking at PSFK CONFERENCE 2013, Douglas Rushkoff introduced the concept of ‘present shock,’ from his recent book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. The concept examines how we are using digital devices to manage our lives, and how something designed to give us more time can, in fact, give us less. Central to this is the dichotomy between Chronos, which is time of the clock, and Kairos, which is timing in a more abstract sense. When these two distinct concepts are confused, and when our busy and digitally connected lives pull us too far out of Kairos and into Chronos, we are left stuck in a state of ‘present shock.’