Who is in charge?
Love it AND loathe it: technology sometimes appears to be in charge and we can’t live without it! Over the centuries there has always been some technology tension!
We have disappearing shops because we love the convenience of on-line shopping.
We’re connecting with one-another across the world on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Zoom etc. yet we’re not always experiencing true intimacy and connection with another human being.
I love AND loathe my Sat Nav, my internet connection and access to immediate news. How about you?
Of course we are blessed to experience a range of technology; fresh running water, electricity and pioneering health technology are not to be sniffed at.
It’s good to remember that humans are in charge of technology, not the other way round.
Yet you only have to be out and about to notice how many people walk past with ear-phones on, or eyes glued to i-phones, oblivious to anything else.
Are we becoming addicted to some of our technology?
‘The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.’
Facebook has said that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse — while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect.
We create technology, how do we use it?
With the increase in online use, cyber-bullying, online fraud and fake news have also reared their ugly heads. Online fraud is thought to cost the world economy $600bn a year. So technology tension is real!
For me, access to technology means that I enjoy lots of online learning. I love keeping informed, updating my knowledge, and learning professionally and personally. Yet I also like to connect with others in real life.
This is why with my work at Place of Serenity, I continue to offer Mindfulness sessions in groups and one-to-ones. With the 2020 pandemic, this has had to move online. I know there are plenty of useful mindfulness apps, but human connection is still important and face-to-face learning has its place. I hope it will be back again soon.
This human connection is deeply engrained within us. Not long ago, much of the population would connect together through a place of religion.
Today, we choose our own places of connection – and the high street, with its chain stores and coffee shops is just one of those places. As we experience more disappearing shops and closed businesses, we must explore different ways to connect and communicate with one-another.
Certainly with Lockdown and continuing pandemic restrictions, so many of us have been relying on technology to keep in touch with one-another.
So let’s remember we’re in charge of technology. Love it or loathe it, with awareness, there doesn’t need to be technology tension!
You might also like to read:
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide
This blog post has been updated since it was first published in March 2018