Technology has certainly changed our lives. We no longer have to lick our fingers to turn a page or even write a letter now that we can send ‘selfies.’ With the abundant use of texting, our teenagers no longer have to pass notes across the aisle and Siri has made sure we never have to ask for directions again. We can connect with someone across the world in a matter of seconds and can purchase anything we want without even getting out of our pajamas! I am also convinced that in the future, the human species will evolve to have enormous thumbs because of the amount of time we spend using them. In any case, there is no doubt that technology is changing our lives!
Although we have seen a lot of change as a result of technology, one thing that is still the same is our FEAR of change! There are endless articles written about why all of this technology is so bad for us – how it’s changing our brains and making all of us so lazy! Of course, it is human nature to worry about things, but it makes me wonder if people worried about change when they invented the wheel! At that time I imagine there were many who were concerned about how ‘bad’ this technology would be for people because it would ruin the environment and make everyone lazy!
For all the fear that we might feel, I would like to suggest the opposite – that technology is NOT BAD! Rather, it is an indicator of progress. It is the result of creativity. It is INNOVATION! As we continue to evolve, technology will evolve with us and vice versa.
In the end, I think we can all agree that technology is not going anywhere. It’s here and is going to continue to evolve and develop. We can choose to worry about it or we can choose to embrace it. If you choose to embrace it, there are some GREAT gadgets out there to try.
For now, however, let me suggest that we all stop for a moment today and appreciate the invention of the wheel! Yes it changed us, but I think it was worth it!