So I guess we all really have a choice here, or do we? How much tech do we want and when do we really want to be “upgraded” to the latest technology? Or maybe it’s just the age-old question of how we manage our time at work vs. time we have with family and friends. But unfortunately, it just seems more difficult to make these distinctions when we are “connected” all the time. Not an easy or simple answer for many “bread winners” in the twenty-first century.
One busy professional reflected on this in this Sunday’s NY Times: “My personal mode of self-restraint (controlling her life) is to always carry my phone when I am not with my kids and always leave it in the other room when I am. The kids themselves don’t get phones at all. When my 12-year-old daughter walks home from school without one, I intentionally have no idea where she is, just like nobody knew where their kids were when I was growing up. How rare it is these days not to be able to know something.”
And as I mentioned in an earlier blog, we can easily know more in any given moment than we have ever have before, but how much do we really retain in the longer term? Technology can make it so, but it is really still only a tool to help us remember, and we have to do the rest to “upgrade” our lives.
P.S. I will take a late summer break this week, but will be back next Monday, August 28