Technology Versus LifeMay 16, 2010 | 9:56 pm
I’m starting to draw a mighty big list of cons, when it comes to technology. Surprising, considering it’s the field i work in… or not… i hear those who work in chocolate factories never want to eat another piece of chocolate ever again, so….
For something that’s supposed to make us more productive, have u ever counted how much time you spend fiddling with, fine-tuning that technology for it to ACTUALLY do what you want it to do? Settings new systems up, figuring out how to make them better, fixing something that doesn’t work, installing product updates, rebooting, watching progress bars… UGH. I’d love someone to actually study this and tell us if we’re actually more productive or if we’re just more… well… busy…
We complain that the computer is making jobs obsolete, but what about all those jobs created to make sure that technology actually works?
Today, as i continue my european experiment, i realize one thing… technology takes your attention away from life. When you’re watching tv, it’s time you’re NOT spending outside taking a walk, when you’re surfing the net in the evenings, it’s time you’re NOT having a conversation with your loved ones, when you’re texting as you walk to your destination, you’re NOT admiring what’s on your way, when you’re sending an email, you’re NOT having a face-to-face conversation (how many times a day to you email the guy sitting 2 cubes away from you at work?), when you’re taking money out of the atm, it’s time you’re NOT exchanging pleasantries with the sexy cashier inside the bank (and not taking 10 minutes to drag yourself awaaaay from ur desk to actually walk to the nearest branch… or getting stressed out because u actually have to wait in line at the bank for 5 minutes, heaven forbid you don’t get back to your computer in time).
As i start coming to the conclusion that Europeans take time to smell the roses, i wonder. North America takes connectivity to a whole new level compared to what i’m observing here. A brash response is to say, “pfff, they’re just not as advanced in europe”… maybe not, but i ask you, would you rather have spent 40% of your life interacting with a computerized piece of equipment or with human beings?