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Author, Traveler Pico Iyer Discusses How To Find Balance In The Digital Age

Above: Portrait of author Pico Iyer.

Aired 5/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Pico Iyer, Author/World Traveler


How many electronic connections have you made so far today? TV, cell phone, internet, Twitter, Facebook.

Researchers tell us many people have spent more time in front of a screen so far today than doing anything else. So is this constant information connection the way our lives and our children's lives will be from now on? Not necessarily says author Pico Iyer.

The novelist and world traveler, who has made it a point of living without a smart phone or tablet, says there are signs that people are deliberately disconnecting in order to reclaim a sense of self and the joy of quiet.

“It’s not that I have anything against technology,” Iyer said in a recent interview. “It’s more that I don’t trust myself with it. I find that being free of all that is kind of a luxury. My life — and my head — seem much less cluttered.”

Iyer will be discussing his doubts about technology at a lecture titled, "Weapons of Mass Distraction: Keeping our Sanity and Balance in a High-Speed, Displacing World," set for Thursday, May 15, at UC San Diego.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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