Archive for July, 2009

Technology – Curse or Cure

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Are we in the midst of another industrial revolution? Like the first we seem to be going through rapid change, – the ipod, the laptop, broadband, mobile, skype, AIM and google earth to name just a few. Who could have even imagined these discoveries 50 years ago, let alone 30years? It’s the stuff of science-fiction where crazy ideas as predicted by HG Wells and the Asimov’s of this world, are now an everyday reality.


The question that comes to mind though is, whether this period of technological enlightenment and the advances that have being born because of it are a curse or a blessing? As we advance at lightening speed we are made to believe our lives will become easier, that more time will be made available, the working week become shorter, leisure time longer with deeper connections to friends and family. Is this our reality or is it just a myth?  And with all this supposed free time, what are we actually doing – spending it using these various technological devices.


Statistics show that stress levels are soaring in the workplace. Could this be because we are expected to do more in less time and with fewer resources…. with quicker turn a rounds, greater demand and less money and people to do the actual work? Our desire to be instantly gratified, to do it now and have it now is common place. As expectations soar we demand more. It is not unusual to expect immediate answers to email queries and responses via text 24/7. What happened to having the weekend to enjoy with family and friends, catch up on chores or run errands? The “now generation” are in full swing and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of let up – yet.


Think about it, how often have we gone on holiday with a blackberry, mobile phone or laptop? Is this not a contradiction in terms? A holiday while being connected to the office is no holiday at all or is this just an outdated old fashioned concept? Have we become “slaves to technology”, the very thing that was supposed to eventually free us,  allowing us les time to be with the ones we love, to do the things that matter?  


Ask now, how is this currently impacting our relationships? Are we spending more time connecting to virtual strangers than the ones we live with or are we re-connecting with long time friends or lovers? What ever happened to the concept of work-life balance?


The ability to disconnect, recharge and re-engage with loved ones and ourselves is important if we are to stay healthy, creative, motivated, and happy. How we each decide to achieve this is a personal choice. Step back and find the time to make the time because it can make all the difference. After all, life is too short to be spent glued to a technical device!