Technology - villain or hero

Posted by Patrice Smith

Maybe I'm too young to understand, but when I hear my parents speak of "back in the old days," how things were different it makes me really wonder what life was like. Back then ( in the 70's) there were no cell phones, mainly land-lines, no internet, facebook, twitter, and texting, and yet they were able to function. I seldom wonder what life was like "back in the old days." In an era of cell phones, internet, twitter, texting, and facebook, as a society we've become so dependent on these tools that if we are to do without them for a half-day most of us will function like an addict wanting a "fix." This may sound funny, but most of us haven't realized how we've allowed social networking tools to be so closely interwoven into our DNA. Is this a good or bad thing? I cannot say. However, what I do know is that while we use these tools as a means of entertainment, socializing, or for mere communication, we should be cognizant as we use them and not allow ourselves to become totally "lost," while using them. Is this just me, or are we as a society too entrapped with the use of technological tools that it's changing our mental state and interpersonal relations?
Food for thought...

2 comments:

  1. Matty said...

    I was raised "back in the old days". We had telephones and the US mail for communication, and that was it. And guess what? We all grew up and turned out just fine. It's easy to rely on what you have especially when you know it is here to stay. We have become so attached to our devices and the internet that we have anxiety attacks if we misplace our cell phones. Heaven forbid we should go without it for a day....how on earth will we ever make to tomorrow without it? LOL

  2. Natasha said...

    I was raised like you Matty. Not only was I raised in a different time, but also raised by my grandparents. So I grew up with one phone for the entire house!!! No TV in my room until I was 15! And I have excellent people skills because I have had plenty of practice. I talk about this issue with my twin sis all the time Patrice. Too many people rely on modern technology too much. I barely text! I use the phone. I enjoy twitter and faceboo, but it is not my life. Although it can be addictive. I am old school and grateful:) Great blog:)

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