Friday, February 3, 2012

The Love/Hate Relationship

By Heather Blake / Heather Webber

I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Part of me loves having my cell phone, cable TV, Wi-fi...

Then there are times I long for simpler times. Thirteen TV channels. One land-line phone (that didn’t cost an arm and a leg). Atlases instead of GPSes.

I mean, really. When was the last time you saw a road atlas? When I was little, I thought they were the coolest things ever.

Recently, my daughter and I went to a play downtown. An hour, round-trip, tops. And we both forgot our cell phones at home. It was then that I realized how dependent I’d become on mine. Not just for communication or emergency calls. Oh no. But for a clock. A camera. Light in the dark theater.

And then a few days ago I turned on the computer, opened Skype, and was able to talk to my oldest son, face to face. He’s in the Army and currently stationed in Arizona, and I haven’t seen him in person for months. Technology allowed me to see his big smile, to hear his voice—and nothing made this mom happier that night.

Then the next night, I turned on the computer, opened Skype, and talked to son # 2, who's away at college. I was very happy to see his smile, too. It was a very good mom week.

So right now, I’m thinking my relationship with technology is leaning more toward love. But I still kind of wish atlases would make a comeback.

How do you feel about technology?

13 comments:

Maureen Hayes said...

You hit upon one of my personal pet peeves with this post! I think technology in small doses is great (the examples of being about to Skype with your sons). But, I see people not knowing how to interact with other humans and it scares me. They aren't comfortable with actually spending time with others, they prefer to send a text. I miss getting written letters, now you don't even get a phone call, you get a post on a Facebook wall.

I recently had a birthday and could count on ne hand ow many cards I received, but I heard on my FB wall from people I haven't had contact with in 20 years! Some people might think that is great, I would rather have had a card or call from someone I actually know now instead.

Technology zero
Being there for those you love priceless

Aurian said...

Lol, as I can't really read maps, an atlas is lost on me. As a young child, I did love all the colors in it though. Purple for the fields of heather in Drente, green for the forests, blue for all the waters, lakes, canals, rivers etc, yellow for the beaches. Red for buildings / cities, and through the years, the red was spreading, and the rest was diminishing...

Sue said...

As for me, I'm directionally challenged, couldn't read a map if my life depended on it. I have a smart phone that's way smarter than I am, but when I can figure out how to use it, the gps on it is a good thing. But don't get me started on texting....grrrrr I'm about as computer illiterate as they come. I know what skype is but have no idea how to use it. I do have a kindle fire and that is the best of technology for me. I can check my email, facebook, buy your books and read them all in one place. so for me I'd say the love hate relationship is tied.

Breaunna Miller said...

I'm not a huge technology person. Other than a few channels like HGTV, Food Network, A&E & ESPN I could do without many of the fancy tv channels. I don't have an I-POD but I'd kind of like one (maybe). I'm not on my computer much other than to search the news. I do have a Kindle which I love. I do have a GPS but it's rarely used. My cellphone is only for making phone calls, I don't have the internet or text capabilities. So, overall I'm not that dependent on technology. If the tv's out or the internets down I can find other ways to occupy my time. One of my biggest pet peeves is watching people who constantly text. It drives me crazy,especially when a kid is crying or begging for attention & a parent is texting away oblivious to their child. I'm content to not be one of those people with a computer, phone, or other electronic device attached to my hip, arm or hand. Now, a book on the other hand.......that's a different story all together. I won't go anywhere without a good book to read!

ev said...

I've been playing with technology for years- the first computer in our school was in the math dept and took up an entire room, and popped out data cards! Hubby has been dealing with it since the 50's in a previous lifetime. I embrace it. And I am directionally challenged, so GPS is my lifesaver, esp in the RV.

But I also know when to turn it off and talk to other humans, when I can find them anyway. I spend all day talking to others, so I'm never totally plugged in. And to me, electronics are toys. I love gadgets and things that I can play with.

Barbara said...

I freely admit to being a Luddite. Hate cell phones and don't own one. I do have a computer that I use several hours a day but then I'm a blogger. As for all the other gadgets? We have a land line; we read a daily newspaper; we read books and magazines in print. I do have a Kindle but only because a couple of friends/authors are publishing only on Kindle now. Otherwise I would rather have a print book. I don't even know what an i-pod is and really don't care. The main value to me of the internet is keeping up with family and friends far away.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---it's amazing how dependent we've gotten on our techie instruments. But you pointed out some of the wonderful benefits we've gained. And please send my blessings to your son who's training with the Army in AZ. Good for him.

Linda McDonald said...

Total love hate relationship too. I love using my computer, until it does something that frustrates me and then I want to kill the computer.

Books by Heather said...

I think it is about finding a balance and remember to interact face to face (not via a computer) once in a while.

And Linda, that happens to me, too. LOLOLOL.

Nancy said...

What a boon Skype has been for you. As for me, I love that I can play Scrabble online. I'm still thrilled with that. And how amazing are e-mails? Understanding how to use a GPS is beyond me, though.

Jenna Harte said...

I totally agree. Technology has made somethings so convenient and yet at the same time, it can cause us to lose touch. It's a reminder that we need to pay attention and use technology as a tool, but to turn it off.

Vickie said...

We keep one road atlas per car and one in the house. DH has one for hunting areas. We love maps and charts.
As for technology, I love my laptop, DH loves his and Lady K loves the one she got for Christmas. She desperately wants a cell phone, but she's only almost 9....so we will wait til middle school for her. DH and I each have a cell phone, but mine resides in the console in my car and I think DH's is in his vehicle in somewhat the same location. Mine gets turned on when I make my annual trip to my dad's place in Kansas for Spa Week in June. Not overly fond of my cell phone, it's a necessity I guess.

Books by Heather said...

I can't imagine not having a cell phone at this point. Beyond texting with the kids when they're not at home (and LOL, sometimes when they are), it's a reassurance while driving, too. It also comes in handy as an alarm clock when traveling. ;)