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By Roark L. Masbad

Wacky Tech

Monday, September 1, 2014


TECHNOLOGY is a good thing. It makes life easier for us. It helps us to be able to do more and to do better. Before the automobile was invented, man could only travel as far as the horse can carry him. And it can only be as much. A few days perhaps. A day sometimes and one will have to stop and rest. Not so much for man to rest but for the beast to rest.

There are a lot of other things that technology has been of great help to us. Food preservation, cooking, travel, entertainment, and a slew of others.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things as well that technology is taking away from us. I've mentioned this before. Foremost of these is how we are becoming more disconnected and distant from each other. Friends agree to meet for coffee to "catch up" but in most cases they end up, well, catching up through their mobile devices. It's unfortunate really but it is reality.

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There are some that I know, however, that they all agree to put their phones or mobile devices face down on the center of the table and agree not to pick up their phones even if it rings for as long as they're together. The penalty? The one who picks up their phone will foot the bill. I don't know with you but that's not something you'd want to do (pick up your phone) especially when you're in an expensive restaurant or if there more than ten of you in that group. But that's a great idea to force everybody to actually talk and engage with one another.

I'm hoping still that there will be more who will see the value of real connection with each other despite being surrounded by limitless technology. Somehow I'm reminded by the Star Trek series. If you notice, even just the movies, they're all surrounded by space-age technology and yet they're not disconnected from each other because of mobile devices or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.

Could there still be hope of turning things around for all of us when it comes to relating with one another? I'd like to think so. As long as we keep reminding ourselves that meeting with our friends means reconnecting with them in a personal level and not through some battery-powered device.

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