Open Mike

Too much technology

I guess I am not one to change with the times. But what the heck, I suppose I have always been a Jimi Hendrix, platform shoes wearing kind of guy.

Society has changed over the last 20 years, heck, even the last decade because of the growing implementation of technology in our world. Remember the days when a piece of paper and a good old No. 2 pencil were enough to get us through the day.

I am not a big fan of technology. Look at all the advances there have been. Heck, we don't even have to flush the toilet by hand any more in some places.

We are fostering a non-thinking, lazy society as we keep pressing and fostering the advancements in technology. Computers do all of our thinking now. We don't have to think for ourselves much these days. We don't have to answer phones if we don't want. We don't even have to communicate with one another one-on-one, face-to-face because of such things as e-mail and text messaging.

I know, all of the advances we have made as a society through technology are amazing. God bless Al Gore for inventing the Internet. But, pretty soon computers will be doing even more thinking for us.

The growth in technology has resulted in people wasting their ability to think. Through technology we are no longer pushed to think beyond our bounds. We are no longer stimulated to use our mind for personal growth.

One of my pet peeves is when you telephone a store or business, even a school, just about any place that has more than one employee, and all you get is an answering machine telling you if you want this department push one or that department push two. When I make a phone call I much prefer to have an actual live person on the other side of the phone who can respond to my inquiries. Actual people on the other side of a phone nowadays are becoming a thing of the past.

Remote controls are another prime example of how we as a society have become lazy. Remember the old days when we actually had to get up and change a channel by hand. I know, I know, there were only four channels back then.

I suppose my overall point is that technology has really taken away the essence of our society. That essence being what this country was founded on, the ability to work hard and think for ourselves. We used to be a personable society. Now we are just a society that doesn't have time to communicate with one another other than through a computer terminal.

Remember when a typewriter used to be the pinnacle of technology and people were behind in the times if they didn't have one?

These days it is free thinking people who are becoming obsolete.


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