Friday, May 14, 2010

A Slave to Technology

Think technology makes your life easier? How about convenient?
How about affords you more free time? Improve the quality of your life? Think again.

I find it curious that so may people are wired and connected like never before, and yet no one seems to realize that technology does not set you free. What it does is make you a slave. (Yup, that's what I said. YOU are a slave to technology my friend. Did I mention you may also be obsessed?)

Technology makes you constantly accessible no matter where you are (and call me old fashioned) but there is something to be said for "quiet time" and the mystique of being "unavailable".

Don't get me wrong. I like the convenience of technology, but only when I want it to be convenient. Having your cell phone with you and constantly ringing does not set you free. It makes you a slave.
Feeling the obligation to answer and talk (no matter where you are or what you are doing) does not make your life easier.  (It may also make you rude too. Depending on where you are talking.) And let's talk email.  How many times a day do you have to stop and check your email? Once, twice? I think not.  How about when your home server or host goes down? (If you panic or rant on the inconvenience it is causing and you don't have the time to deal with the "situation" then you are a slave.)  So many people are addicted (and slaves) to their technology devices that now we have laws limiting when and where people can use their technology. It's like common sense (and let's not forget manners) have gone out the window.

I like to play a game in my mind occasionally. It goes like this... 
A terrorist drops an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) bomb and all the technology stops working. Phones, computers, cars. Everything.  And panic ensues. I however remain calm and cool. Know why? Because I am not a slave to technology. I still remember how to write and address a letter. I can communicate with a handwritten note, and I actually do remember life without email. I will survive. (Will you?)

It's just not healthy being connected and wired to be available at a moments notice (for the most inconsequential things). Just as it is not healthy to be on Facebook, or playing games on your iPad for 10 hours at a time. I mean really. Stop being an addicted technology slave. Quit surfing the web, quit playing those games, and stop chatting. Get a life. Go outside. Read a book. (And I don't mean on a Kindle.)


  1. Couldn't agree more. Technology is exhausting. My friends don't understand that I don't answer the phone when I'm in Target. I don't talk on the phone while waiting in a line. I don't like talking, even with an ear piece, when I'm driving and I might not see a text from the evening until the next morning when I check my phone. So far, I'm surviving just fine.

    In addition, (In my opinion) social networking, although fun, useful and sometimes informative, creates a false sense of friendship and a false sense of community. I've said it before and I'll say it (uh..type it) again...let's all unplug and meet for coffee once a week and catch up!

  2. Just writing to say that my comment is in the mail.

  3. Cheryl Strand commented

    "This is true!

  4. KS - I am definitely with you on not answering the phone when I am busy
    elsewhere. And I am in total agreement with the false sense of friendship and community.