I’ll admit it. I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to being glued to my phone. Yes, I’m distressed when I look around at a group of friends out to dinner and see them all on their phones, but what can I say? I do it too.
What really gets me though is that I know I don’t need it. Somewhere, deep in a drawer, is my old Nokia 3315. Gosh I loved that phone. It did everything I needed it to, and for years I refused to upgrade, until eventually I did, because everyone had, and somehow that created a need.
Technology changes lives, saves lives and improves lives, but like many things that can be used for good, it can also be just plain bad.
Companies, driven by the desire for money and success, create, improve and reinvent. And like lemmings we lap it up. We pour out our hard earned cash to buy the newest thing, because it’s new.
We don’t need it, but the very fact that everyone buys it creates a need.
There is no accountability; no one who looks at new technology and asks: Will this be truly beneficial for society in the long run? They just create and we consume.
Could we be lining our graves because we follow without thinking, people who are creating without thinking, and there is no one to tell them when enough is enough?
Worth thinking about. I think our problem is that we rarely leave things in their proper place – in the case of the phone, away from the meal table. 😉 It’s the same with food, TV and many other things. We allow them to become too important and they dominate our time and lives.
Well that’s true. Maybe people just need more self control. But it still scares me that things are being created that we can’t ever go back from
It is insane that the minute you buy something it is obsolete. I have to laugh at the people who line up at cell phone stores with the new iphones come out. Really? It’s worth that?
I know! I don’t understand how we can need new smart phones so quickly. I swear the companies make them to last only just long enough until the new one comes out!
There’s a funny clip about that!!
speak for yourself, my phone only texts and calls. it’s all true though.
haha well good on you Joe.
Despite our leaps and bounds with technology, we haven’t changed the human heart. I love technology, and I am one of those people attached to their IPhone (never thought I would be one) And yet……everything in balance. Sometimes, it’s good to pull completely away from it and get our perspective back. I need to do that regularly!
Yes, that is a good idea. I’m kind of the same. I’m a bit of a technology hater, but them I’m tied to my phone and my laptop… maybe need some more self-control!
Speaking of what is good for society, I believe the advancement of technology holds a far more sinister consequence that just consumerism. The further it progresses, the more potential it has to cause harm. Think of face recognition software or tracking devices in the wrong hands.
Yes! That scares me every now and then. We don’t want to be paranoid, but we are slowly handing over so much of our lives to people whose motives we don’t know! Every time I download an app, some company or person I know nothing about has access to A LOT of stuff on my phone, including contacts, locations etc!