Speed of Technology

By | Jan 12, 2009

Before I begin, I feel it is important to comment on our own recent trend – although Ignorant Mouth seems to suddenly be knocking technology, I assure you that this Luddite-ish event  is an unusual coincidence of similar ideas more than anything else.  That said, I am today discussing the rate of technological change and the way it impacts our lives.

Remember a few years ago when business was done through the mail, telephone, and in person?  Remember when e-conferencing and instant communication continent to continent was something in science fiction?  No, I am not talking about the 1950s.  I am talking about only a few short years ago.  Consider for a moment the rapid change in telecommunications technology over the last few years.  How was this affected you daily life?  The mere fact that I am sharing this thought on a blog says something.

From conceptualization of an idea to the town it is posted and receiving comments can take as short a time as just a few minutes.  Apply this to a business world.  How often do people expect instant answers?  How many times have you rushed to answer an e-mail that could just as easily wait until next week?  How many people are suffering from high amounts of stress because they are literally breaking themselves trying to keep up with the machines?

In this technoculture we run the risk of becoming slaves to our own computers.  We all carry our cell-phones with us everywhere we go or answer emails on our blackberries while in the car.  The rate of technology growth and use has exceeded human abilities in an alarming way.

We live in a world where things aren’t done easier – as is the intention – but simply faster.  Results must be sooner, and information must be shared more quickly.  If nothing else, I hope that anyone reading this considers this and remembers that they are in control of their own lives – not the machine – so take time out once in awhile and just slow down.

4 Comments so far
  1. Mike January 12, 2009 7:25 am

    Sir, are you suggesting that I am displaying Luddite tendencies because I prefer real physical newspapers to their online equivalent? 😛

  2. Dave January 12, 2009 4:31 pm

    Perhaps, but I am suggesting that is a good thing – don’t get sucked into 24 hour news… just read a newspaper in the morning. It’s just as good, if not better.

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