Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Technology: How it Effects Our Lives

There is no doubt that technology has effected all of our lives. Whether it is positive or negative will be determined by the success of our ability to communicate with those around us (most importantly those closest to us). While modern technology has provided us with great new inventions to improve both the quality of our lives as well as the longevity of our lives; the abuse of such can leave one with a gaping hole in one's life.

Let's look at a few:

Cell Phones - They offer ability to communicate with someone else with a like device nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. And if you cannot talk directly to that person, you can with the same device, leave a voice, text, or email message, email a photo, video or audio file.

Computers - They offer ability to perform the same tasks as a cell phone to include printing, scanning and faxing documents and graphics as well as possessing a large capacity to store files. But it is limited to where you can perform these tasks, unless of course you have a laptop device.

Gaming Stations - They're not just for kids anymore! They offer the ability to entertain the user for hours, perhaps days, weeks, or months with a single or multi-player game. Not only do you play games on them, but you can also watch DVD's and listen to CD's on most of the newer systems.

While technology has added to our lives in great ways, the abuse has taken it's toll as well. For example, the lives that are lost when someone abuses a cell phone while driving, or lives that are lost when someone improperly operates an electrical device, or lives that are lost to neglect from countless hours in front of a gaming station. How many hours are any of us spending plugged in and tuned out of our lives and the lives of our loved ones? Everything in moderation is KEY!

The author of Words are the voice of the Heart" has written a powerful and thought provoking post titled "Plugged In". It's definitely food for thought!

Is it time we get plugged back into life and tune into those we love most?

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