The official 1,000,000,000th Technology Blog
Oct 12, 2016
I was honored when approached to write the official 1 billionth technology blog! Seriously, isn’t that what it feels like? Technology has of course changed the world, especially in the last 30 years. It has changed how we communicate, how we date, changed manufacturing, business, trade, politics and even war.
When I think of the impact technology has had on my life, both personal and professional I see both the pros and the cons. Having the world at your fingertips is a pretty powerful feeling – not only can you be up to date on any topic at any time, but you can interact, you can comment, you can blog, you can contribute – but, as Peter Parker’s wise Uncle Ben told him, “with great power, comes great responsibility”. Read any article online and take 5 minutes to review the comments, you will see some of the best and, of course, some of the worst people have to offer. There is something about the anonymity of a “screen name” that gives people a feeling that their comments can go from extreme to completely irresponsible. And tried to have a conversation with a teen lately? It isn’t easy if your idea of a conversation requires eye contact.
I am sure that with each of these bullet points there is an argument to be made for how technology has a negative impact – excess of anything can push the pendulum toward harmful, except good wine, there is no excess of good wine in life. The challenge is balance, how to balance the use of technology and to identify when the pendulum is starting to swing. To do this, be sure to spend time interacting with people – not texting, not through a Facebook post, but actually speaking to them, meet colleagues and friends with phones set to silent and, of course, get outside. Having the world at your fingertips is amazing, but don’t forget to go out into the world!
How has technology impacted your life? What is your favorite app? How do you stay up to date on job trends, technology, news….
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