I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for us to sit back and go over how many high tech gadgets we really need and how often we should use them. The reason is because all the “free time” these gadgets have made for us is taken up with more gadgets. Here are a few of the reasons behind this conclusion:
Apping Behind the Wheel: It’s not illegal…yet. With all the apps available for our portable gadgets, eventually you’re going to end up using one while driving. It’s great to have an app that tells you how to get where you’re going, but trying to plug it in while behind the wheel is not a good idea. If you do get into an accident, you will probably be charged with distracted driving.
Computers: Sitting here at my kitchen table, I can plan dinner, look up long lost relatives and write articles. I don’t have to go to the library to find the information I need, nor do I need to visit cemeteries and peruse archives. It’s all here, literally at the tips of my fingers.
The problem comes when I get so involved in what I’m doing that I lose all track of time. This affects family dinner, planned trips to the gym and a lot of other things that I should have spent my “free” time on.
Microwaves: There are many things that can be made faster in these handy devices. Unfortunately, it can also lead us to take the easy way out, and just pop in “dinner in a bag” instead of really cooking.
If you’ve ever read the nutrition labels on those meals, you might put them right back in your grocer’s freezer. They tend to be high in all of the things you shouldn’t be eating and low in the things you should.
Smart Phones: These range from a step above your standard cell phone to a step below your laptop computer. Is that a problem? Yes. I’ve seen commercials of people walking down the sidewalk concentrating on what they were watching on these devices. There are a lot of ways that could be dangerous, including walking out in front of a car.
Text-n-Drive: Yes, it’s illegal…but it’s still being done. So is talking on a handheld phone. Driving takes all of your attention, and sending a text message behind the wheel of any moving vehicle can be deadly. The horrific Metrolink accident that happened less than ten miles from our house was caused by texting.
Technology is great, but it needs to be respected and used properly. Our technology is meant to enhance our lives, not end them.