For the past several years, headlines have heralded the IoT as a game changer that will transform workplaces, optimize cities, and help individuals lead more efficient, healthier lives. And while this is very much true, it’s hard to deny the fact that the IoT also amplifies stress and anxiety by exposing individuals and organizations to additional risk. How we handle this tech-induced anxiety will, to a large degree, determine how successful the IoT boom is moving forward.
Tech, Fear, and Anxiety
If you find yourself scared of technology – or the repercussions of a life dependent on technology – you aren’t alone. It’s something that many people and businesses fear. Some of the fears are unfounded, while others have already come to fruition.
One of the most common fears has to do with internet devices being hacked. In fact, a recent study by Irdeto finds that two-thirds of adults across six countries are fearful about their smart devices being compromised by malicious hackers.
The sad truth is that these fears are legitimate. According to Gartner, there will be an estimated 8.38 billion internet-connected devices by the end of 2017 (a figure that’s grown by 31 percent since the prior year). By 2020, there could …