It took me a while to figure out how to begin this post. I started out by defining the word dependent, but none of the offerings were suitable for this post. They were all hinged around ‘dependents’ i.e. In the child sense!
Then I looked up quotes on technology dependents, but they were all too negative for the argument I would like to make. For example
“Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?” T.S. Elliot
Does that weigh both sides of the agreement fairly? Not really.
It’s a tough one, for each technological advancement has it’s pros and cons…for example,
- Quick and easy transport vs fitness
- Social networking allows us to speak to people around the world, but we no longer know our neighbours
- I sit and type this on an iPad…to be honest you probably couldn’t understand my handwriting
- My clothes are machine made, warm and tough. They cost next to nothing…most likely at the expense of those who made it.
- Hundreds of garments made in hours vs the dying art of embroidery?
- Sat navs vs map reading
- Television vs books
- Computer games vs fresh air
- The whole world of knowledge at your fingertips…I guess this one goes with books too? Librarians out of jobs!
So, do I think we’re ‘too dependent’ on technology? Yes and no. There are some elements of life which have been made so much easier by the introduction of technology (see above) at the expense of traditional methods and skills (see above again!). But at least living in this age we have a choice. We need to take the best of both worlds. Utilise the benefits that technology has to offer but still enjoy the pleasure which comes from doing things the traditional way…Hey, candles will always be romantic, doesn’t mean when I wake up in the middle of the night I want to scrabble about with matches!
One thing I do worry about sometimes is the art of conversation. With a world of social networking at our fingertips humans run the risk of becoming totally isolated. Unless they make the effort to get out there and speak face to face with a real person. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Outside of education, work and festivals it can be really tough to meet likeminded people. Why has society made it so unacceptable to walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. This, I fear, cannot be blamed on the introduction of technology.