I’ve always found technology to be interesting, and I’ve always been pretty adept with it. I’m planning to major in electrical engineering, and I’m currently employed part-time as a computer programmer. But my relationship with technology is a love/hate one.
In the near future, The Daily Universe will longer be printed daily in favor of digital distribution. While I’m sad I’ll no longer have the newspaper to read during breakfast, what concerns me more is that this is just a sign of things to come. We are swiftly rushing into a digital age where antiquated commodities, such as print media, will be uncommon and unnecessary, and personally, I’m in no hurry to get there.
Technology has, no doubt, improved our lives immensely. Travel and transport is easier. Advancements in the medical field have literally allowed us to cheat death. The list of benefits is endless. However, with every technological advance made with the intention of adding convenience to life, the opposite occurs. As communication methods advance, deadlines are shortened. As multitasking capabilities are increased, task lists lengthen. As technology simplifies life, we just manage to make it more chaotic. I am not, however, suggesting that technological advancement is bad, nor am I suggesting that we stop striving for efficiency. What I am suggesting is that, on occasion, we slow down and enjoy life. Take a break from texting and smell the roses. Pause the iPod to listen to the birds sing. Take a minute to look out the window and enjoy the view. As we continually strive for efficiency, we need to remember why we are striving.