Technology has become a major aspect of most, if not all of our lives. You can’t really do much of anything today without it. Ten years ago, I had a cell phone with no color screen that only made phone calls with real buttons and had maybe one game on it. Now I have a smartphone that can take pictures, check email, give me directions, and connect me with hundreds of people through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I have an iPad that can do everything my phone can do but also create presentations for business meetings, read books, watch TV and movies, video conferencing; I even have my own personal assistant with siri. Lastly, I have my laptop.
Honestly, I don’t think I could function without all of my little gadgets. If my phone is dead and I didn’t bring my car charger and my navigation in my car isn’t working, I am absolutely not getting to where I need to be. It’s kind of sad really that many of us don’t carry maps in our cars anymore, let alone actually have the ability to read one.
However, I love technology and everything that it has done for me. I can do a million more things in a day with my phone and iPad than I could ever do ten years ago. I love that I can perform a ton of research within minutes whereas before the expansion and growth in technology came around, it could take hours looking through the library or having to actually go to the store to pick up the newspaper or magazine to get the latest current events.
I have found that technology assists me not only in keeping up with work and current events, but I can do a lot more tasks as a mom. I can grocery shop, pay bills, plan my daughter’s birthday, email her teacher to catch up on her progress in seconds, I can find the latest yummy recipe, and I can find any gift that I need to buy for Christmas, a birthday, or an anniversary within minutes all from the comfort of my home, office, or wherever I am at the time.
The only drawback for me when it comes to technology is the lack of personal interaction with people. We now are so consumed with our phones, laptops, and tablets that we hardly communicate in person anymore. I think communicative skills are greatly lacking nowadays due to the rapid developments in technology. I used to pick up the phone to ask a question or tell someone I was on my way or that I would be late. I met friends and family in person to catch up. Now, it’s all about text messaging, video calls, and emails. We have no concept of what it means to have a meaningful conversation or say hello face to face anymore.
Technology is great to get things done, however it should not take the place of human interaction in every area of our lives.