Do you think technology has slowed us down?
Like the Vacuum Cleaner
Much like the vacuum cleaner which inspired carpeting most of the floors in the house, we are all now reverting back to hardwood floors. Why? Because vacuuming and cleaning carpets, in the long run, took more time than mopping dust balls under the bed! When something spilled on a hardwood floor, it was easy to get the mop out and clean the spill. With carpets, the effort is much greater and sometimes a stain persists.
Hence, hardwood floors have become the “rage” once again!
Technology has done the same. How? By using up more and more of our resources – our time, our money, our energy, our thinking power, and our social time. We not willing to give up so much any more!
Upgrades and the New
While programmers sit in at their computers day after day thinking of ingenious ways to upgrade each and every program or create new ones, the user’s time, energy and money are consumed at an incredible rate keeping up with the latest innovations.
It takes time to learn how to use the latest upgrades. For instance, Facebook is upgrading all the time. Facebook wasn’t exactly user friendly to begin with and, more and more, Facebook is becoming an ever increasing consumer of time. Just the introduction of timelines recently sent people scrambling to figure out what that meant and how it affected them. Heaven forbid that Facebook should send out an email to everyone letting them know of the changes and who it would affect! That would be way too easy – so we scratch our heads or ignore it.
Microsoft brought out a new version of Office. Again, the menus were changed and the methods for performing certain tasks were changed. No “manual” outlining the changes and how to use the new features were ever distributed. People have spent many hours “re-learning” Office to do some of the simplest tasks. The good news is that at least Microsoft has a fairly good Help feature. The bad news: time is chewed up re-learning.
LinkedIn, my favorite of the social media, made changes too. Yet, no announcements. No instructions. Someone in frustration sent out a help call to figure out how to on LinkedIn since it’s so difficult to find help from LinkedIn.
So we are left to either search the site to see if we can figure out how to use the changes or run to YouTube to see if anyone has made a “how to” video. Thank you technologically savvy people for helping!
Even little old Twitter keeps changing the game.
If all the upgrades were obvious and helpful, we would all welcome them. And, if these multi-billion dollar companies had any inkling of customer service, wouldn’t they let their customers know? You’d think!
Google decided to add Google + and Pinterest came on the scene. Google+ is not quite the “charm” Google thought it would be. Perhaps it would have been best for Google to improve the ability to deliver relevant information in a better way than it does. How many of us have plowed through pages and pages of Google results to find the right article or the information we were looking for. Sometimes the simplest information requests are not satisfied.
More and More We Engage Less and Less
We can’t be everywhere and each one of these sites has a tremendous learning curve not to mention the upkeep of our profiles, of the changes and the next newest and best thing.
For all the good technology has given us, technology has taken away our most precious commodity – time.
When I’m talking to people of all ages today, I find the same thing – they love their cell phone to stay in touch and listen to their favorite shows on the bus but they are shutting out social media more and more. It’s all become too much. Much like children who receive a lot of toys at Christmas, only a couple remain their favorites and the other toys are put away in boxes or given away. They love their laptops for getting their work done and beyond that, sitting on the beach on a beautiful evening is far more enjoyable than tinkering with the latest and not so great the technology industry has devised.
Experiencing Real Life is Better
People are not running as fast to the next latest and greatest piece of technology but instead are shutting down. They want to experience a fuller life – go outdoors to walk and cycle, meet up with friends face-to-face, attend live classes and workshops, participate in their community and engage with another human instead of a machine – enough already!