Friday, February 4, 2011

Is technology taking over? and contest winner.

It's funny. I try to be 'with it' when it comes to technology. I do like it. I think it's neat and totally makes things easier, but it's addictive. Even things like blogger had a hold on me so tight, I couldn't breathe. I'm better with it now. The whole iphone thing is really cool, and, yeah, I want one one day, I just can't justify it right now. I don't text much. I know you're laughing, seriously, I don't. Not really by choice, I just don't get that many, so I haven't gotten sucked into it, yet.

I guess I just don't want it taking over my life. I'm stuck on the computer enough, do I need to be that attached? Although, it does help in certain situations, like when the people you're going to meet change locations and you can just tweet them. Helps a lot, trust me. Or if you need it for your job.

Where it bothers me is when you can't let it go for a second. Example: I took my kids on a playdate. The individual who hosted it continuously check her phone for emails while holding a conversation with me. She proceeded to tell me that her mom just got a new phone and was going crazy with the email function. So I let it slid. When I saw her again at a function that involved the kids, what do you think she was doing? Yeah, checking the phone for emails. To me there is a line. Unless, something is pressing that you absolutely need to take care of then fine, excuse yourself or just say "I've got to answer this." Did she absolutely have to answer her emails while I was talking to her? I think not.

This can go into safety. Remember the lady at the mall, texting, and falling into a fountain? Yeah. Or even texting while driving, which is totally dangerous. I don't know why you would try it in the first place.
This leads into what I saw the other day.

Since texting is what has us all distracted, I couldn't believe it when I saw a guy walking in a parking lot (of a grocery store) reading his Kindle, yes you heard me, his Kindle. I don't own a Kindle. I'm fighting this mainly because I like holding the book, smelling it, the cover, yeah I'm old school. I get the Kindle, more convenient, get books faster, etc. Does it make you want to walk into a grocery store reading it? I don't think I would be carrying a book in a parking lot as I was attempting to buy my groceries. I could see the screen, at the top Chapter 5, so no grocery list. He almost walked into a car that was pulling out of a spot. I hope he wasn't reading it while he drove there.  I really was in shock. That must have been some good book. I should've asked what he was reading.

So is technology making us a little crazy?

Are we going to end up like some Matrix movie?

Before I go off on my weekend, I have to announce the winner of the book Hooked by Les Edgerton.

The winner is:
Faith Hope and CherryTea.

Congratulations! Please email me your address. christine(dot)danek(at)verizon(dot)net
Thank you to all who participated.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Stay warm!

15 comments:

  1. yes, i think we're too dependant on technology. and that's from a person who now texts and fiddles on her phone to find new ringtones. and i was going to say more, but my head is foggy from this cold. maybe i'll come back tomorrow.

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  2. Congrats to the winners!

    I will ditto your post and Michelle's comment. Technology can be addictive. It's crazy. Did she have to answer that email. Technically no. But to fill her 'need', she had to. My husband is like that with his Droid. I tell him, "Put your other girlfriend away." Hah...

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  3. Congrats to the winner!

    I do think we are very technology dependent. I don't see that getting any better in the future, either!

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  4. Congrats to the winner.

    I have been guilty of spending too much time on my phone while spending time with my husband. However he had the guts to tell me I spent too much time on it. Since then I make sure to leave it at home if we're doing something. Or shut it off so I'm not tempted. Technology is getting carried away.

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  5. I don't believe technology is bad however, I do believe we are three steps behind in knowing how to handle it. I see it as a ball rolling down a hill and we're trying to catch up but, literally, like your man walking into the car, we're not seeing what's going on around us; even forgetting priorities. I believe the curve will correct itself but hopefully we don't lose ourselves along the way.

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  6. I'm like you--I don't want to be checking my email all the time! It's one of the main reasons I don't have a blackberry or iPhone. I know I would get addicted!

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  7. Congrats to the winner! Technology is taking over.

    I tend to get carried away and spend hours and hours and hours on the computer. I've had to remove myself from it little by little for the last few months and try to use it only when necessary. It turns out... there's a real world out there! Who knew? :)

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  8. Technology is both a blessing and a curse.

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  9. Congrats to the winners!

    I agree with Nicole .... It is a blessing and a curse!

    Michael

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  10. I get so upset with people when they won't stop texting and we're hanging out. It's the most annoying thing ever!

    The thing that scares me about technology is that it's replacing social interaction so much that people would rather text someone then hang out with them!

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  11. I don't text either. My cellphone is probably considered an artifact. But I only use it as a phone. I prefer the computer and full keyboard for typing.

    Soon we're not going to talk to each other at all. Seems lonely.

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  12. I love texting but right now my son is using my phone so I'm without. It's rather freeing. I was spending way too much time online last year and have fixed that, trying to get balance ya know? I won't have the internet on my cell because then I'd get sucked back in.

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  13. What a cool pic, of the techy robot hand holding the globe! Love it. Um, yeah, texting. I hate it when I call my daughter and we're talking, and she says "oh, hang on a minute..." and then I hear all these little rapid clickings (cuz she's just gotten a text), and I have to wait until she finishes the text before she talks to me again. Sigh. It gets a bit obsessive for some people--soooo absorbed!

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  14. Congrats to the winners.

    I'm addicted to technology. When a device is down, I feel uncomfortable.

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  15. great post Christine!
    followed a phone call of a friend telling of walking into a person who'd stopped dead in the middle of a store's single doorway to read a text message! they dropped the phone which broke, then had the nerve to yell at my friend for walking into them - crazy!
    HUGE THX for the book! haven't read it & looking forward to learning more!

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