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The Controversial Role of Technology In Our Lives

“In the old days, writers used to sit in front of a typewriter and stare out of the window. Nowadays, because of the marvels of convergent technology, the thing you type on and the window you stare out of are now the same thing.” — Douglas Adams

There is very little time in the day that we’re not somehow connected to a device.

Between laptops and tablets and smartphones, we never really take a true break from technology. Being an avid writer and reader, I must admit I have extremely mixed feelings when it comes to my own technology use. I place a lot of value in living in the present moment, enjoying the beauty of nature, and simply sitting in my own solitude without any distractions. Because of that, I end up spending a lot of time debating if my technology use is making my life better or worse?

There is a lot of truth in the statement: “too much of anything can never be good.” So, how do we establish a healthy relationship with technology?

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The “right” amount of offline time truly depends on the individual.

We all use technology for different reasons. For some of us, our professions require that we update websites on a regular basis, conduct research, or maintain social media accounts. Technology being a regular part of our life is nearly unavoidable- unless you are a dedicated sheep herder in rural Iceland, and in that case, I am both intrigued and perplexed on how you stumbled across this article in the first place.

It’s understandable that we experience some degree of guilt about how much we are using our phones or computers. But- I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s easy to give digital technology a bad reputation, but before Netflix or Facebook, we were simply distracted by different time-consuming outlets. Nintendo 64, anyone?

It all relies on how we use it and why.

Technology quickly becomes a negative influence if it is used as a means to escape life or avoiding face to face interaction. The infinite access to entertainment that the internet provides makes it one of the most sustainable methods of diversion. Before the world wide web, we lost hours and hours of our lives to video games and television shows. The dangerous difference is that the internet has no restrictions, and we are the only ones who decide how much time we give it.

The dangerous difference is that the internet has no restrictions, and we are the only ones who decide how much time we give it.

Technology is both beneficial and detrimental to our relationships.

It’s infinitely easier to say something important through a screen, but often even the most well-meaning message can be easily misconstrued without any body language to supplement it. Plus, some of the most special and meaningful moments in our lives occur when we are conveying something difficult or scary to someone we love. Even the sad confrontations such as breaking up or addressing an apology are truly mean to happen in person.

On the other side of that, technology also helps us stay connected to our loved ones across very large distances. It helps us keep friendship, relationship, and family ties strong even during extremely long separations. Technology allows us and our loved ones to venture off into the world while still keeping us close.

The internet an extremely powerful tool when used correctly.

The internet is not just the internet. The internet exposes us to endless amounts of information from all over the world- which is truly mind boggling if you consider what that means. We have access to the opinions, arts, news, and statistics from nearly every inch of the globe. We, in turn, have the power of expressing ourselves and being heard from thousands of others. This, like every other method of communication, can be used for better or for worse.

Knowledge empowers people, and the web functions as unlimited admission to it. TeddyCan serves as an amazing instrument for accessing the depths of it. You would be surprised at what fascinating and interesting things there is to be found.

Technology empowers us.

Being a solo female traveler, I cannot express how much I rely on technology to keep me feeling safe. It gives me the freedom to explore, to learn, and to try new things without feeling the enormous risk of being vulnerable. There is a multitude of wonderful programs and services that aim to better our lives- it’s just up to us to use them.

It can make the world a better place.

We don’t think about it too often, but technology is a tremendous help to those in need. Consider our service at TeddyCanDonate, just by using our search engine, users can donate their points to charitable organizations. It might sound biased- but when you consider that you can help others just by doing what you normally do, you will see just how incredible technology can be.

Technology is incredibly influential, which is why it’s impossible to label it as ‘bad’ or ‘good’.

All of us are prone to addictions and distractions. The internet just has so much to offer that it is one of the easiest traps to fall into. But when you take the time to consider all of the wonderful things it can do for us, like help us maintain friendships, stay safe, or fight illness, it’s easier to make a positive case for technology. The power simply lies in our hands.

So, coming from the other side of the laptop I will say: everything is life requires balance. Don’t feel ashamed for having technology play a very important role in your life, but also give yourself time away from it on a regular basis.

There is so much life out there, and sometimes, the best experience requires getting your hands a little dirty.