Technology has changed my life in the last ten years. I went to Bible college after I graduated from high school in 1998 but never got my degree. In 2011 I wanted to return to college and get a degree in criminal justice but being older and having to work to support myself it would have been hard to go to a college campus and continue classes. When I first went to college the internet was in its infancy. I used it mostly for talking to my brother back home and for socializing like on MySpace.
Now technology and the internet made it possible to still be a college student and take classes online. I am able to submit my homework and questions to my teachers through the internet. I can watch lectures and read teachers’ notes at my own pace and watch them more than once if need be.
The ability to send email messages is a great way to share one thing with a whole bunch of people instead of having to call them. E-mail is wonderful to send letters to missionaries in foreign countries that do not have reliable postal services. I do still prefer to get a letter in the mail, for some reason it is more personal to me that way.
But I have seen some reason how technology can make life more difficult or distracting. I do like the idea of cell or mobile phones so I can have a way for people to reach me since it is my only phone. But one thing that has bothered me about cell phones is some people forget to live in the moment. I have sat in a break room at work with many people around me but no one to talk to. My coworkers sit and listen to music on their phones with headphones on or play games. I worked with some people for over two years and had breaks with them at the same time and knew nothing about them. We never talked, never knew if they had kids, pets or what they did outside of work. I get annoyed when I am out with friends who asked me to go out for a meal and they constantly answer their phone or text while we are together. It often made me wonder if someone knocked at the communication satellites out of orbit for a day if anyone would be able to socialize without the aid of a computer!