Cost of Technology

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Tonight, as my thoughts drifted back to simpler times in life, I wondered about the high cost of  new technology all around us – not cost in terms of dollars and cents, but rather our quality of life.

What have we lost along the way?

I can sit here at my computer and order any book with just a few clicks on my keyboard, but I can no longer visit my favorite bookstore.

It’s simply gone.

Gone are the lazy afternoons browsing through the titles surrounded by the smells of fresh pastries and coffee. The oversized chairs that I loved to relax in while breathing air filled with dreams and possibilities have all been hauled away in the name of new technology. If I drive far enough I can find the big corporate chain bookstores but I don’t expect them to last much longer either.

Technology is not likely to allow it.

Perhaps one day, the entire concept of books will be forgotten…

There are entire stores dedicated to babies these days, yet as I wander through the aisles I find it curious that the store offers only a half dozen styles of rocking chairs, yet countless rows of technology for soothing a baby – bears that sound like a mother’s womb, monitors so advanced that you can sooth your baby (from another room) with your voice without even getting up from your computer.

In the end though, no matter how technology continues to grow, it will never replace the love of a mother’s arms rocking her baby and singing sweet lullabies.

You don’t want to get me started on the way we communicate these days!

How often do we actually SPEAK to each other? Don’t get me wrong, I am as bad as the next guy. I actually groan when the phone rings because texting is so much easier than actually stopping what I am doing and truly communicating with someone. And, God forbid we meet in person to talk. LOLOLOL!

I am an admitted tech junkie.

I love new technology. I spend hours wandering the aisles (and drooling) in places like Best Buy and often find myself ordering things from Amazon.

I would never want to go backwards with where technology has gone.

I just think that every now and then we need to take a step back to remember our priorities and find some sort of balance with it all.

 

J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com

8 Comments

  1. S. EmersonS. Emerson01-07-2012

    I think the high cost of technology is that people don’t know how to be social in person anymore. I don’t have the gift of the gab but I did learn how to try and start a conversation in an awkward moment of silence or just listen and jump in. Now, everyone is tied to their phone. You can’t get through a meal or a conversation without someone jumping to answer their phone or reply to text message.

    People are kind of lost also when the internet is not available. They just don’t know what to do with themselves as they wait to be reconnected again. Don’t know when was the last time I played solitare with real cards to pass the time.

    How many technology toys do we really NEED? Not want, need. If you ask someone that isn’t into any of this (like my Mom), none. All she cares about is that her land-line phone and TV work.

  2. DerekDerek01-08-2012

    I was born in 1980 just when technology was moving along at a steady pace till I went nuts in the 90’s. My first computer when I was in 1st grade was a commadore 64 and we had it hooked up to a small t.v. that had reindeer’s on it. You know what I mean.

    These days we all have cable box’s or dish’s on our front lawn, on the roof, or even screened into our railing on our 2nd floor apartment building. I’m as guilty as everyone else and grown to attached to technology and always staying on top of getting the latest and greatest gadget’s. Just like you Cricket, when my phone rings and it’s not a family member, I get upset that I have to stop what I’m doing on the “laptop” and communicate with them. Usually I can respond to a text message 3 or 4 minutes after I get it or when I feel like it.

    My brothers kids are 4 and 1 years old and will have no clue what it is like having cell phones that look liked brick’s, computers with those big a## floppy disk’s or have no clue what a cassette player is. People are getting spoiled with all the new gadget’s and if they lose power in their home, they go crazy because they can’t surf the internet when their cell phone is dead. Hey, grab a candle and a book and read till the power comes on. Wait, who has a kindle? lol

    • CricketCricket01-09-2012

      The Kindle will never replace kicking back and reading a “real” book.

  3. stonestone01-08-2012

    I couldn’t even use a computer until a few short years ago.
    Look back with remorse? Not even.
    Last night, I sat beside a campfire in the light of the full moon.
    I went to the public library a coupla days ago and checked out a coupla books, and have read one, tryinna make the other one last.
    When I want to express my point of view on something, I sit down and type it up, and NOBODY interrupts me or prevents me from making my point! That is amazing!
    One of my friends that I’ve never met, sent me some flower seeds through the mail, and I sent some back. The internet made that possible. Remember reading the ads of seeds for sale/trade in the ad sheet? That is still an alternative, but you’re not having long discussions and getting to know those people.
    What can I say? I found my comfort zone, and nobody is taking it away from me.

    • CricketCricket01-09-2012

      In many ways the Internet has INCREASED communication with others and opened up a whole new world.

      • S EmersonS Emerson01-12-2012

        It certainly has! Wonderful invention in that regard. So many shut-ins don’t feel so alone now. They get to meet all kinds of people who would never know they were confined to their home.

  4. PsylinxPsylinx01-09-2012

    What happens though if we reverse the clock 200 years, when completing home tasks took all day? There was no free time to converse with anyone at your convenience, no chance to interact, all of your energy was spent upon basic services.

    I think that we will find that personal etiquette will make a small comeback, in about 20 years or so, as true VR might come creeping in, I have already seen bits and pieces in places like Second Life and other social sandbox type games/ applications.

    Of course the etiquette of 2061 may be a little different.

    • CricketCricket01-09-2012

      I would never want to reverse the clock. Advanced technology has way too many good points to do away with it. I just think we need to remember balance…. 🙂

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