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Dion Chang, Recovering from Burnout: Our "Always On, Always Connected" Lifestyle Fuels Digital Exhaustion

The State We're InDion Chang, editor of The State We’re In: The 2010 Flux Trend Review, spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall for Business Day about his experience of digital burnout.

Chang explains how being constantly connected and always multitasking led him to a damaging digital addiction, and eventually serious exhaustion.

Social media and the ease of mobile internet access means that there is never a reason not to be busy – there is always a comment to tweet or a message to read.

Grant-Marshall looks at the strain constant connectedness puts on people in business. A person cannot ever really leave the office if it stays in their pocket.

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I’ve seen the future in digital burnout survivor Dion Chang’s face. I’ve listened to his descriptions of what lies down the track for people addicted to cellphones, email, social media and the internet. And it is chilling.

Chang, founder of Flux Trends, a South African company that is increasingly focusing on analysing business trends, still has traces of exhaustion in his eyes when we meet a few days after he’s flown in from London, “where I regained my sanity”.

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