Excerpt: Technology has come to rule us all – to varying degrees – and with dire consequences in some cases. We’ve seen lawyers suffer from depression, alcoholism and drug use connected to their technology use. We’ve seen marriages dissolve. We’ve talked to lawyers who can’t sleep at night. Their blood pressure is terrible – some have chronic headaches, even chest pains. They are restless when not online. They neglect family and friends. They develop carpal tunnel syndrome or dry eyes. Their backs and necks hurt. They’ve made attempts to restrict their conduct – unsuccessfully. They lose track of time while on the computer – who among us has not felt an hour or two slip away unnoticed?
We can’t blame technology for everything, but there is no question that it is causing a lot of lawyers major stress.