5 Reasons Why Technology Sucks

19 Jan
2011

5 Reasons Why Technology Sucks

As great as cell phone and computer technology is, with allowing us to live life quicker, easier, and more “connected”, on the flipside technology and all it’s apps and doodads has made us mute, preoccupied, less connected, spoiled and dangerous.

How so? Well…here are 5 reasons:

1) YOU IGNORE YOUR FRIENDS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU: Remember when you used to go out to eat with your friends and everyone was focused on everyone else at the dinner table. Conversation was only interrupted by the server asking “Is everything okay, do you need anything else?” or by pouring the table a round of wine. Or the amazing burst of laughter that erupted stopping the flow of conversation, but adding dimension to it at the same time.

Sure we still have all that, but now we must compete with our dinner mates when they stop us mid-sentence with an “excuse me” and stare at their cell phones while they text someone back or check their friends Twitter status. When one friend pulls out their cell phone (if it’s not already glued to the table) it’s like sneezing, it’s contagious. Everyone else does it too.  Watch out for this phenomenon next time.

2) SPEAKING HAS BECOME OVERATED AND SPELLING THINGS OUT IS FOR SISSIES: Walk into any home and you’ll find sister Jenny texting her other sister Margaret who is one floor above her, while Mom and Dad are on the couch watching TV and are checking Facebook while chatting with each other…on Facebook.

You can have a whole conversation with someone sitting right next to you without ever saying a word. I’ve done it and I know you have.

Forget ever passing a spelling bee in your life again. Texting has totally changed the way we write.  Everything is littered with bastardized versions of actual words or there are no real words used at all; such as IDK, OMG, WTF and FML. LOL has become the standard answer via text when you really don’t know what else to say. It’s really quite sad, which is so far from what it actually means.

Have you noticed the better smartphones get the more we call each other less and less? Isn’t that an oxymoron of sorts? Who needs to have a phone conversation when I can find what you’re up to and where you are on Foursquare, which gets posted to Facebook, that automatically sends me a text. Don’t call me! Phone conversations are sooo 2004.

3) YOU CAN GET YOURSELF KILLED OR HURT SOMEONE ELSE: Did you know somewhere on the streets of London they actually tested and placed rubber barriers around poles so people who walk and text wouldn’t get hurt? Remember that poor girl in NYC who fell down a manhole cause she wasn’t paying attention while texting?  Many people who read that story considered it quite ridiculous that it even happened.

Not to mention the not so ridiculous and very scary fact of the amount of car accidents that occur because someone is trying to drive 65 miles an hour with ¼ of an eyeball actually on the road. Beep…they check an email. Beep…they check a message. Beep…they answer their friend back via text. Imagine their surprise when their friend receives the following message: “Be dear soon. I shit talk now, I’m weiving”.

4) IT HAS BECOME EMBARRASING: Picture this…a bunch of friends are out having fun, when suddenly a friend in the group starts taking sloppy drunk photos of everyone and they drunk post it to Facebook, tagging everyone involved. The next day they have now shared their stupidity with all 643 of their friends, their family…and yours.

How about that dinner we spoke about in #1? Imagine having to contend with the embarrassing aftermath of a status update “The waiter just spilled Chianti all over the birthday girl at dinner. Hahahahaha. LMAO!!!!” Then seeing 10 of your friends comment on how effing funny you must have looked and wished they could have been there to see it.

5) YOUR EXISTENCE DEPENDS ON IT: Have you ever left your house without your cell phone or have had your wireless connection go out at home and suddenly you feel as if your channeling Tom Hanks in Castaway? It truly is not that serious, but suddenly you find yourself looking for a volleyball to call Wilson.

The time away from the “connected world” fuels the need to apologize and inform everyone why you won’t be available for a few hours, thus embarrassing yourself…yet again.

This is why technology sucks.

To allow technology not to suck, we need to change our habits. For just one day we should disconnect. If one day is too much to handle, try for half a day, even an hour. Turn off the computer, don’t look at your phone the moment it beeps, and stop interrupting your friends when you get a text message and pay attention to the people right in front of you. Stop embarrassing your friends on social media websites and think before you pull out your phone to post something.

I have never met a human being with an all seeing third eye. So why do we think we have one? When driving, why not wait to text until you have stopped. The person on the other end will wait for you to answer back…trust me. Besides it’s becoming illegal soon so that misspelled sentence will cost you more than a cute apology. It’s really our own fault and it’s unfortunate. Our bad behavior is paving the way for new rules and laws we might not like.

Technology is quite necessary, in today’s day and age it’s impossible not to use it. It’s also can be as addictive as crack, but it doesn’t have to be. We need to realize the world will not come to an end if we don’t jump the moment we hear that vibrating buzz, computer ping, or last weeks top 10 pop song singing out to us from our pants pocket. We really should have a National UnPlug Day, we just might enjoy the freedom it gives us.

Written by by Rose Elle


2 Responses to 5 Reasons Why Technology Sucks

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Matt

March 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am

I was in Paris for a long weekend recently and didn’t have international calling or data on my phone and I hardly used it. In fact, I didn’t even have to charge it over the 4-1/2 days I was there. I think it’s the longest I’ve been off the grid since my honeymoon in Mexico in 2005 or Bonnaroo in 2007 when I couldn’t get service for 4 days. I never thought I would be one of those people who gets the cold sweats when I’m out of contact with the cloud for more than 45 minutes at a time but I am. But at least I have the decency to text in complete sentences.

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Rose

March 4th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

It happens to the best of us unfortunately. Our phones have become our third arm. Heard a funny comment once about this. “If someone has an iPhone it means you’re going to spend the conversation talking to the top of his head.”

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