Expert Advice for Medium and Midsize Businesses

  • January 10, 2014

Are You Ascared of Being Disconnected?

I just read an Oracle Magazine interview with Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management for Java at Oracle, “Navigating the Internet of Things”. It’s a sure thing that we’ve only scratched the surface of how internet connectivity will soon impact our business and personal lives.

It got me thinking…am I "ascared"--fearful--of being disconnected?

Millenials are well documented as the connected generation. I’m not a millennial but I am father to three and often behave like one myself. I walked into the living room the other day and found my sixteen year old son, home for the holidays, sitting on the couch. He had Sponge Bob Square Pants on the TV with the sound off. He was listening to Pandora on the Sol Republic Wireless Headphones Santa brought him. And, reading one of the Harry Potter books (in print, mind you).

That acorn didn’t fall too far from the tree. I call it the Johnny 5 Syndrome”. Like the lovable robot from Short Circuit, my son’s brain, and mine, need “more input”. I was an eager adopter of smartphones because my global, virtual role requires constant connectivity to make sure that none of my projects lag simply because I am “out of the office” or in a different time zone. Oracle provides me with a complete, integrated mobile platform—applications and technology—that goes beyond email to include file sharing, chat, and an internal social network we use heavily for collaboration. That platform makes my job easier which also improves my quality of life.

The byproduct of being conditioner to connectivity for work is that I have also become highly connected for play. I listen to Car Talk when I’m hiking. I post selfies to Facebook from the chairlift. Most annoyingly, in social conversations I constantly validate or refute Cliff Clavin statements of others.

I tell myself that this connectivity is a good thing. But is it really that I’m just afraid of being disconnected for some reason—some form of autophobia? Something to ponder next time I’m sitting on my favorite rock, streaming contemporary folk music from WUMB into my Braven outdoor Bluetooth speaker with a stunning view of 14,265 ft Mt Evans.

Jim Lein | Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director | Oracle Midsize Programs | @JimLein

The views expressed on this blog are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle

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