Get in Get Out: Don't Let Technology Rule You

| Thursday, February 3, 2011
By Tomas Ghuman

If you look at the past 20 years, some thrilling strides have been made in the area of multi media and technology. For example, here's a Samsung Galaxy S Review, which illustrates how technology has changed the way we go about our daily business.

It gives us directions, it shows us which restaurants to go to, and what movies others recommend. Most individuals today would be lost without their smartphone or other electronic devices such as their portable gaming system or their high definition handheld video player.

There is no doubt that many of these advancements are very good for our well being. However, there are some negative effects. While in some ways, we are more connected than we have ever been, in other ways we couldn't be farther apart.

Think about it. Grandpa can watch every move his new grandson makes, while mom and dad show him off through video Skype. Or mom just loads up the old grocery list into the grocery app so dad can make a stop at the store on his way home.

But remember, these very same upgrades in our life are also the very things driving us further away from each other. When was the last time you avoided walking 10 feet to ask someone in your office a questions because it was more "convenient" to just email or send an instant message or text message?

Today, you can do virtually anything that you want to by simply getting online. The internet has afforded us such luxuries as being able to order our dinner, pay all our bills, and even avoid having to go the car dealership and put up with the sneaky salesman.

Since it is so easy to focus on all of these positives, be reminded that you must not fall into the traps that it can cause as well.

All too often people are using the internet to be anti-social which will eventually lead to the decline of our society because people will not interact with each other and contribute to each other's lives in meaningful ways.

Here's a couple tips to get you thinking about ways to keep technology in the right perspective for yourself, your family, and all those who surround you.

If you are at the office, just go and visit with your co-worker when you have a question for them or are responding to an inquiry made of you.

Tell your children that there are limits to the amount of time spent on computers and gaming systems. Even consider using these as rewards for proper behavior.

Remember to make it a point once or twice a week to sit down with your kids and play a board game with them or read a book or two.

Mostly, just understand that technology is wonderful when kept in the right place. Use it to simplify, not isolate, you from those who care about you.

If you are careful to do this, it will help your relationships flourish and you will live a much more enriched life.

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