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2017: The Year of Disconnection

Saturday 31 December 2016

Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017

The Year of Disconnection

Despite the plethora of apps and the offering of technology, people are going to become aware that the promise of 'connected self' and 'quantified self' still holds little value. To date the only winners of this offering have been those pushing technology tools (think wearable, barely useful, highly expensive excuses for watches) and some data platforms. But the consumer, the one who is providing all of that captured data, the one forking out their $$ for expensive bangles is yet to gain anything of significant value.

And like other technology offerings of the apps kind, the vast majority of people are awakening to one idea - 'It hasn't made my life any better'. And as that idea dawns on the conscious it leads to the thought that 'in fact it's just made my life worse'. 2017 sets the stage for the Disconnection from data and data tools. The Internet of Things offers NO VALUE to anyone other than those who grab all the data so that they can build a profile of you and what is in YOUR home. The Apps do almost nothing other than distract you from getting on with your day. The facebook flags, twitter tweets, instagram interruptions, linkedin longings and pinterest pings are mere sugar hits for a brain already seeking solitude and quiet and calmness. What people really seek is a walk in the forest, a space to breathe, an opportunity to hold another person in real time, not air time

2017 will be the Year of Disconnection


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