perils with writing and whatnot
A new Internet friend of mine, Nihar Pradhan recently wrote a post about the effect technology has on our lives. He asked me to give my perception on the pull that technology has and how I keep my world balanced in this age of technology.
Maybe it’s that I’m not young anymore, but I know that much of technology is something I could live without. After all, I lived without some of it from my birth until I was forty years old. That’s when I got my first PC. Even then, I wasn’t online.
I like my PC. I’m online often during the day in between activities like housework, meals, reading, writing, etc. And even with the writing and sometimes with the reading, I’m still using the PC, just not online.
With this said though, if one day my PC has vanished, I’ll be okay. I won’t freak out, although writing this makes me realize that I should get some home addresses of my online friends. I don’t want to miss out on good friendships because of a technical problem. As far as writing goes, I have a spiral notebook and pens. I’d go to the library to type them up or buy a typewriter if I can afford it.
I have a Kindle but I haven’t used it in over two years. It isn’t a Kindle Fire or the Kindle that doesn’t have the glare. Do I hear someone whispering “relic”? In today’s society, it probably is. Eventually, I’m suppose to get a Kindle Fire from the cable company Hubby and I just signed up with. Because it’s more like at tablet, I might be inclined to use it more. We’ll see.
I also have a cell phone. I could get online with it but I don’t see any point in doing that. I use it when I’m out of the home, which isn’t very often. Usually I’m out and about just to go to an appointment of some sort. How many appointments can a stay-at-home wife have? Not many, I assure you.
I grew up with TV, although when I was in elementary school it was still in the baby stages. No one had color — it was all black and white — okay, lots of gray too. I grew up with Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ed Sullivan, Mighty Mouse, etc. The TV was never turned on until the evening news came on during the week. On Saturday, it wasn’t touched until my brother and I had finished our own household chores. And what I mean by touched is literal. We had to go up to the TV and turn a knob to get the TV on and off, and the same for changing channels. Yes, we got a bit of exercise in the living room. Sundays were a lot like during the week because we had church in the morning and we were either at a relative’s house or they were at our house. When there was company, the TV was not on. It was pretty much that way until I married Hubby. I think TV is one of his addictions — I know that he’d have it on 24/7 if he was home all the time. When he goes off to work, I turn the blasted thing off.
Nihar mentioned electricity as part of technology. He may have a point there because without it, we wouldn’t have the rest, would we? I’ve been camping where I only had a fire in a pit as my light and there wasn’t any heat except for what the fire gave out. I guess camping is alright but since I’ve been an adult, I’ll only do it if I absolutely have to, like the town I live in crumbles to nothing. I’d manage but with some grumbling along the way. I think I’d go out and buy a wood-burning stove and an ice box as quick as possible. That is unless I didn’t have a home to put them in.
Because of movies like “The Postman”, most of us have some idea of what we’d be facing without these conveniences. Yet, with all that we have in today’s world, do we have any idea how many values we have lost or neglect?
As a species, we used to be able to tell when someone was depressed and needed our help in pulling through. That person wouldn’t have to say a word about how he/she was feeling. Because we were aware, we’d just know. Nowadays though, we’re too busy looking at our Smart Phone or Kindle to even acknowledge that there is even a person standing in front of us, happy or sad. We don’t look at people when we talk to them. Again, we’re too busy with our cell phone or tablet. In spite of the inclination that we want everything “yesterday”, do we realize how many times we’re heard saying, “Just a minute,” because we need to text someone, finish reading a line at a website or something else that must be more important than the person who needs our attention? It boggles the mind.
Are we taking good of care of our values as we do with our tech. junk? I know that sometimes I’m not. I get caught up in all the gadgets, not paying as much attention to how I’m acting or what I’m saying to the people around me. For me this means my integrity is being compromised — by me. When I can catch myself, I walk away from as much technology as I can (which doesn’t include electricity) and I spend more time with friends and family if it’s possible. If not, I get out a book to read. I can usually do this a couple of times each day in between the other things that aren’t so technical — like housework. 😛
Is your life balanced between things and values?
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