Technology is a big buzzword at work right now. And everyone I know is touting the wonder and necessity of things like ipads and iphones and smartphones and smartboards and on and on and on.
And I'm sure the kindle is a wonderful thing. But somehow, touching a plastic screen just doesn't hold the same magic for me as turning a page.
Don't get me wrong. I love my computer and cell phone and ipod and digital camera as much as anyone. But that's about my limit. And I worry that an over reliance on the wonders of technology might just be ruining the ability of humans to truly, meaningfully communicate with each other.
People are becoming so used to text-speak and saying what they want to say in 42 characters or less that they don't know how to write anymore. A complete sentence is a foreign concept. A paragraph? What's that? Details? OMG yuv got 2 B kdng.
I know children who can't make the 15 minute car trip from their house to the grocery store without turning on a DVD. I know children who are (seemingly) glued to their DS. And why would they go outside and play? They have a wii.
And, I have to say, I miss getting letters in the mail.
Maybe I am old. Maybe I am old-fashioned. But it makes me sad.
So, each day I'm waging my own anti-technology battle, fighting on with pencils and erasers and loose leaf paper and dictionaries and paperback novels.
"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."
Henry David Thoreau
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