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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Technology is Like a Drug

I don't post much about my work here because you never know who could read it and I know for a fact that people I work with read my blog on occasion. However, a few weeks ago the hard drive on my work computer crashed and I've been piecing everything back together on my new computer ever since. I was in tears on earlier this week because I thought I had completely lost the majority of my email (luckily I didn't - I just hadn't loaded the right file into Outlook), thinking that my life was over, and I got to thinking about how much we rely on technology.
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Some of you know about my love/hate relationship with Facebook and how I think it's made everything so impersonal, while bringing us closer together. But, it's so much bigger than just Facebook. Everything is now digital. My son prefers to do puzzles on the Kindle than to actually get them out of his toy box and do them. We never go to the library anymore, instead my husband just downloads his books to the kindle. Instead of putting photos in an album that goes on your bookshelf, we just share them on Flickr or Instagram, or if we're lucky we make a Shutterfly book. And at work, we hardly ever have paper copies of anything, instead everything has been scanned in or is a pdf. 

Now, I'm old school and prefer actual physical copies of something rather than the digital version.There;s something about holding a book in my hand or looking at a physical copy of a map instead of flipping back and forth between windows on my computer.

Yet, here I am, writing this blog entry instead of writing it down in a journal.

Technology, it's like a drug, don't you think?

3 comments:

  1. I agree with just about everything you said! I think as far as the kids go, we have to make time for them to still be creative. There are a lot of good things that come out of technology, but things work best in moderation:) They still need some good old-fashioned outside time, etc.:)

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  2. I know another blogger who prints her blog off at the end of every year into a shutterfly book. She has all her pictures from the previous year then. :)

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  3. I don't have a kindle or otherwise because I like to read real books.

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