Robert Deignan is a Miami/Fort Lauderdale-based businessman who works in the technology industry. He co-founded ATS Digital Services, LLC, in the fall of 2011 and is its chief executive officer. His company can take remote control of his customer’s computers, fix any issues such as malware and viruses, and also speed them up. They can also help customers with just about every type of tech device out there such as smartphones, televisions, and activity trackers. He graduated in 1995 from Purdue University with a degree in business management.
He says that while he’s in the technology industry he knows that there are downsides to technology. Robert Deignan points to all of the people walking down the street, riding a bus, or even driving their car who are staring at the glowing rectangle of their phone. Tack on that many people have jobs where they stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day and people are spending way too much time staring at screens.
It’s just plain common sense that constant consumption of anything is not going to end well. Robert Deignan says that way too many of us need to develop a better, healthier relationship with technology. He shared a UC Irvine study that showed that back in 2004 workers that it was ever three minutes they would shift their attention to another task. That went down to 1 minute and 15 seconds in 2012 and, as of 2014, it was just 59.5 seconds.
It’s not just any one thing that people pay attention to throughout the day. It’s streaming videos, social media, games, tablets, and smartphones combined that distract people throughout the day. Robert Deignan says that a lot of people just don’t focus on anything during the day, while at work or in their personal lives.
He says his point isn’t to eliminate technology from your life, especially as it’s so essential nowadays. Rather, he suggests putting limits on your use of technology and how much time it is you’re spending staring at screens. By taking control you will actually make yourself more productive, not less, and connect with the people in your life.