Left to Our Own Devices

Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus
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Product Number: DD40923
Released: Nov 28, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781630152567
Narrator/s: Marguerite Gavin
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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We have been warned about the psychological perils of technology: distraction, difficulty empathizing, and loss of the ability (or desire) to carry on a conversation. But our devices and data are woven into our lives. We can't simply reject them. Instead, Margaret Morris argues, we need to adapt technology creatively to our needs and values. In Left to Our Own Devices, Morris offers examples of individuals applying technologies in unexpected ways-uses that go beyond those intended by developers and designers. Morris examines these kinds of personalized life hacks, chronicling the ways that people have adapted technology to strengthen social connection, enhance well-being, and affirm identity. She describes how a couple used smart lights to work through conflict; how a woman persuaded herself to eat healthier foods when her photographs of salads garnered "likes" on social media; and how a trans woman celebrated her transition with selfies. These and the many other "off-label" adaptations described by Morris, cast technology not just as a temptation that we struggle to resist but as a potential ally as we try to take care of ourselves and others. The stories Morris tells invite us to be more intentional and creative when left to our own devices.


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Left to Our Own Devices
Product Number: BX00081940
Product Number:DD40923
Product Number:Z100141858

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Narrator(s): Marguerite Gavin
Product Number Z100141858
Released: Nov 28, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977309020

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