The best thing is the world is my phone. Never would have said that about fifteen years ago, but there it is out there for everyone to see. Who would have thought that people would need to carry their phones with them let alone struggle to function throughout the day, since they do not have their phone? If I do not have my phone with me, it is worse than not showering or possibly not brushing my teeth (who needs that?).
You can do everything on your phones these days. If you need to write a quick note, you can pull up a word document and work on your project. If you need to talk face to face, you can load an application that can help speak with the ones you need to up close and personal. Maybe you want to play a video game or just listen to music; today’s phone can do that and more. If only it could help keep track of my car keys, that would be wonderful.
The biggest challenge with the technology is that some of the personal touches of life are lost. Sure, you can take one hundred thousand photos of your vacation, but are they pictures you want to save? Worse, what if you mistakenly erase the best pictures from your phone or other devices and cannot retrieve them. They are lost. Sometimes the things that we are putting files to store away are parts of our culture. The types of entertainment that we have are a sign of our times. I am not sure I want movies or music or other types of entertainment to be lost forever with the push of a button. How will history remember the technological generations? We remember some of the past because of letters written by the makers of that part of history, but now people communicate by e-mails, what happens if those letters disappear? Does that mean that my history is gone as well? Does it mean that someone can change my family’s history to suit their needs? Wikipedia entries can change on a moment’s notice, to fulfill the historical truth of the author writing the entry that day. Electronics concern me not because of how they help me at this moment they concern me because of what is left behind of our history.