I had “TS”lately. Our router at home hasn’t been working, and then my laptop from school has some major “issues” So I have been with out a computer for 2 days. Right now I have a “loaner” which is working fine and I am happy to be back as a 40-something tech mom! However, all this TSS ( no, not Toxic Shock Syndrome) Technology Stress Syndrome got me thinking how much I depend on technology!
With out my computer I couldn’t access my iCalendar, I didn’t know what I was supposed to do on Thurs. I actually had to THINK and not rely on my nifty iCal. Imagine that…..thinking….at my age! 🙂
All this TS also got me thinking………….I did not grow up with iPods, cell phones, Facebook, My Space, laptop computers, Cordless phones, answering machines, Bluetooth, a Blackberry, PlayStations, Wii, etc…… With out technology what did I do?
Well……..I actually learned a lot of things growing up with out all of this tech stuff.
I learned important life lessons like;
I learned that I had to wait for things. I couldn’t talk to friends wherever and whenever on a cell phone. I also had to wait and go to a record store to buy music. I couldn’t just download it instantaneously from the internet.
I learned a great love for the outdoors. I would spend hours outside playing, being in the house was boring and there was nothing to do there. There were no video games to keep me inside. There was a great world to conquer outside!
I learned to communicate, and problem solve with friends face to face, not by texting or sending them an instant message.
I learned how to be content. I would sit a watch the same TV show for an hour, I would sit through the commercials, and not switch the channels constantly. I was happy to watch The Brady Bunch, and just sit on a couch and not have to multi-task, or text a friend. I sat, calm and content.
I know these may seem like small things, but many of these exact lessons have helped to guide me through the trials of life. And even thou I count myself as a tech geek……there are times when I wonder if all of this is helping society and the next generation? What do you think?