Whether we like it or not, were hooked on technology. Whereas not that many years ago, cell phones, laptops, desktops and tablets were more likely to be found in science fiction novels than in our homes, weve come to not only like technology, but rely on it.
But at the same time, these technological tools that we have at our disposal make it almost unnecessary to visit one another, sit down at a table and have a meeting or go for a walk together. Why go to the trouble of having lunch with someone when a simple text message can accomplish the same thing?
I submit that technology is a two-edge sword. Yes, we are addicted. When our hard drives crash, we panic, and rightfully so. Not only do we fear losing what is near, dear and important in our lives, we also now fear not being able to go on Facebook, or do email or video chat. We feel cut off from our friends, family and business associates.
How sad that we rely on gigabytes instead of a telephone. How sad that we see each other through words on tiny screens instead of face to face. Yes, technology is quick, but does it really take the place of a cup of coffee with a family member or friend? Hopefully not.
The key is to use technology, as we all do, but not lose sight of the personal touch that really keeps us in touch with each other. All of us would do well to put down the keyboard or handheld device once in a while and have a conversation in person.
Yes, a revolutionary thought.