IT Life

Is Technology bad for us?

I watched a video caused me to reflect on technology and the impact it has on our lives. Technology is changing our lives at a rapid pace with music, video, social media and shopping all in the palm of our hands. I am in my 30’s and staggered at the speed of change, I remember a time before the internet, iPod’s and iPhone’s.

The video below has many good point’s and it is true that we need to find a balance or we will become isolated and artificial. 

Now you have watched the video, I wanted to highlight some of the great things I have personally benefited from due to the technology we have.

1. I worked away over an 18 month period, during that time I could video chat with my wife and the family. For anyone who travels, they will tell you that there is no substitute for being there, but this comes close. I could see my nephews grow up and join in with family meals. It’s no replacement for being with them, but it is better than not at all.

2. On a similar track, my mum is often too ill to go out, video chat has allowed her to be included in family meals, see the view from the top of a cliff and share those experiences.

3. Social media allows me to keep in touch with many people I would have lost track – I can say happy birthday, share their big moments in life and they can keep up with what I am doing in life.

With all this good, we do need to be careful, it is too easy to substitute life with technology.

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By Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon has worked in IT for over 20 years, specifically within the Testing Inspection and Certification industry. Tim has Cone Dystrophy, a progressive sight loss condition that impacts his central vision, colour perception and makes him sensitive to light. He likes to share his experience of life and how he navigates the abyss of uncertainty.