- Does it serve a higher purpose in the world
- New and improved technology that costs more
- Interrupted on your Smartphone
- Has technology really improved our lives…
Do you use technology to disconnect or connect? What is the most important thing you can do with technology? You can donate it to make the world a better place, or you can use it to make the world a better place, or if you are a manufacturer you can design it to make the world a better place.
Manufacturers of technology should consider this whenever they design new products. Does it serve a higher purpose in the world? Does it serve as a enhancer of a person’s lifestyle, or does it serve as just another distraction in their lives? Will it improve or destroy your connection to each other, which is universal, in spite of technology.
For example; the latest Smartphone. Smartphone’s seem to have a new and improved version of themselves every six months or so, driving people to consume the latest technology, believing they will miss out on something if they don’t have it. Why do manufacturers do this? It’s entirely for profits. These profits are up and down the entire cell phone market chain. The manufacturers come out with new and improved technology that costs more, while your old one is worth nothing now. With the new versions there are more features to drive up your monthly bill. You would think this is done as collusion and you would be right. Who benefits from this? – the manufacturer, the reseller, and the service provider. Who loses? You do. This new phone doesn’t do anything much different than your old one. Maybe it’s smaller or bigger, but not really different.
Think back to the old days before cell phones, if you are old enough. What happened when people wanted to get a hold of you? They called your pager and you knew it was important, so you went to the nearest pay phone and returned their call. That was an efficient use of the technology. You weren’t being interrupted on your Smartphone by someone sending you a tweet, or a text, or a message, or a picture showing you what they had for breakfast. How could that be a productive use of, not only technology, but of your time?
Has technology really improved our lives, made us more connected, or are we now less connected from each other than we ever were?
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That the latest technology must always be something that improves your lives in more ways than not.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because technology, especially Smartphones, seems to have distanced ourselves from each other.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: Next time you are in a crowd look around to see if you can identify the older person who is probably more connected to their friends than everyone else who’s looking down at their phone.
COMMENTARY: Technology is a tool for older people and a security blanket for the younger ones. So where do you fit it? Are you in the older, take it or leave it generation with regard to technology? Or, were you weaned on technology. That’s the defining difference. We need to do inspiring things with our kids so they gain a perspective on their technology and their obligation to the world.