My Crackberry Confession
"It's just a phone!", "I've waited two years for my contract to expire and this is what happens?!", "These reviews are disgusting and not accurate...", "That's so last year."
Hi. Welcome to the world of technology.
Sometimes I think back to when I was younger and no one had any mobile devices and few had computers. And find myself wondering how we ever existed without them and how we lived without the internet or HDTV? It's interesting to see what was then and what is now. It's almost like two different lives. One ruled by community events, riding bikes, school, written letters in the mail, church, Encyclopedia Britannica, helping mom cut out coupons for the food shopping, getting into trouble with neighborhood friends, supper with the family at the table and the living room with THE television set... and if you had it good, a VCR. The other life, ruled by our obsession to hyper connectivity to mobile devices, computers, internet, HDTV, video games, social networks, texting and entertainment media.
"Yes, sir. We have a prescription for your tech addiction."
We've come such a long way in technology in such a short amount of time. As a kid, I envied Captain Kirk on the Star Ship Enterprise for his small communication device and D*ck Tracy for his wristwatch. I would've never guessed that in my lifetime I would own technology that surpasses these things that were once considered only science fiction. But I do... most of us do. It's such an incredible human achievement where we stand today in communications and technology. It's exciting and fast-paced. Somehow though, I still find myself looking for something more and it's strange. I look around and I seem to have everything I want. Nice computer, great phone, HDTV, gaming console... But I still feel disconnected somehow. So what's missing?
"Oh you use Instagram? Please tell me more about your photography skills!"
It happened so elusively and smoothly that I can't even pinpoint the moment in time when it happened. The time when technology began to take over my life. When going out to play ball was replaced by long chat room sessions online. When hanging out with friends was replaced by online gaming. And when talking was replaced by texting. Long gone are the days when our homes had one telephone and it was shared by everyone and when you received that "special call", you ran into the bathroom stretching out that phone cord to it's max just to get some privacy. But I miss that. And that's what's missing. The human connection. It's been replaced. Replaced by technology. We don't visit anyone anymore because we can just video chat. We don't call anyone to see how they're doing because we can just check their latest status on Facebook or twitter. We don't talk to anyone anymore because we can just text with multiple people. We've allowed technology to live our lives for us.
"Just one more episode on Netflix before bed. Aaaaand it's morning."
So what do I do now? I've never been closer and further apart from the world at the same time.
I suppose the answer is found in my balance. I need to restore it in my life. Technology has it's place and time in our everyday lives but it's not everything. I often hear people say that if they lost their phone, they wouldn't know what to do. That they would feel naked or panic. Really?! Our dependence nowadays has gone from ourselves and each other to our technology. Because of this, I've actually started to leave my mobile device at home for the day or not watch TV for a week or not use the internet for a few days. Even something that simple most people can't do now. But I need it... For myself. To maintain that balance. And do you wonder what happens when we take a break from technology? I'd rather let you discover that. I'm a BlackBerry user and this is my confession.
"I don't always go on Skype but when I do, I stare at myself the entire time."
This is the paradox of our times.
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but we have less.
We have bigger houses, but smaller families
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense
More knowledge, but less judgement
More experts, but more problems
More medicines, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often
We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
We have added years to life, but not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back
But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We have conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We've higher incomes, but lower morals.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
These are the times of tall men, and short character;
Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,
More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
And a time when you can choose,
Either to change... or just hit, delete.
- Dalai Lama
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- 02-03-2013, 12:04 AM #6
My Crackberry Confession
Great post and very true. While I still don't leave my phone at home, I don't watch much TV (normally) and don't do much on my home computer.
I did spend around 2 weeks with no TV, radio, computer and BlackBerry because I was in the hospital for close to a month (1st week I was doped up, 4th week I had my BB). After that I say to people who complain that they wouldn't survive without their tech, "It is not so bad and is easier than you think."
That said, I'm home and rarely without my BB, but still not much TV or PC use.
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- 02-03-2013, 01:36 AM #9
My Crackberry Confession
You are right, and so I use my Blackberry to be more efficient so I have time for more important things, not as an end-all and be-all. I hope we all learn something from the Dalai Lama.
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- CrackBerry Abuser
02-03-2013, 01:43 AM #10
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Ha. That's great. I think about this sometimes too. I own a retail store and some days the customers are few and far between. This is when a boss would light a fire under me and make me sweep the floor or something, but since the boss is me, sometimes I put it off (the thread is titled "confession" after all). Anyway, on days like that I'll find myself on the tech blogs for way too long. Afterwards, I feel the need to watch this video just to clear the air (VERY NSFW, Language):
Last edited by nextlevel88; 02-03-2013 at 01:57 AM. Reason: Apologies in advance if that's too crude. If this post isn't here tomorrow, I get it.
- 02-03-2013, 07:51 AM #13
Don't buy it. We are more healthy than ever. We are more connected with other people than ever. Technology has improved the human condition in almost every way. More technology will make things better not worse. Our only BIG concern with technology is the state using it to further enslave us.Z30: It fits your hand, it fits your pocket, it fits your life.
- 02-03-2013, 09:36 AM #14
- 02-03-2013, 11:39 AM #16Z30: It fits your hand, it fits your pocket, it fits your life.
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02-03-2013, 02:11 PM #19
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Re: My Crackberry Confession
Yeah, people made these same comments when TV first became mainstream, radio, television, car... go on and on and you'll find people idealizing the past.
People just love to remember their youth and reminisce about how much better everything was. Nothing wrong with that.
I always carry my smartphone in my pocket but that doesn't stop me from turning it off from time to time.
Life is what you make of it.
- CrackBerry Genius
02-03-2013, 02:12 PM #20Do as you would be done by and 12 pence to the shilling (or 100 cents to the dollar).
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- 02-03-2013, 02:46 PM #22
Obesity epidemics. Cancer scourges. Circulatory and heart conditions.
These things are rife now.
Having said that we definitely live longer mainly due to our ability to combat bacterial and viral infections. In the Mesolithic period a cut could be a serious business. But having said THAT, the Mesolithic people were happier. You can ascertain happiness in the bones and, especially, the teeth of dead people.
1 They were breast-fed until they were older children (observable in tooth enamel hypoplasia events linked with weaning traumas).
2 they had direct experience of their food sources.
3 their "jobs" were what we call "hobbies" (fishing, hunting, boating, basket weaving, and sheet like that).
Having said THAT, the freedom that technology is beginning to provide is giving us more in common with the outlooks of our hunter-gatherer ancestors than all the generations that lived between them and us.
We are shaking off the Neolithic Curse
Source: my mind
- 02-04-2013, 12:15 PM #24
I find it interesting everyone wants us to believe fresh food are more healthy when in reality processed food is far less dangerous and more nutritionally balanced. You will live longer and have fewer intestinal pathogens if you eat canned foods than if you eat raw foods.
To sum it up. Want to live a long and healthy life? Have a low stress job (US Supreme Court judge, US Senator, tenured professor). Eat cooked food that is well balanced. Drink water only (in the US, tap water is fine). Avoid extreme sports and exercise. Live where energy is abundant and low cost. Try to live where health care is competitive in a free market (if you can find such a place). Live in a country where your government won't murder you (if you can find one).
Technology has little affect on most of those things. It can, however, make life much easier and more enjoyable.Z30: It fits your hand, it fits your pocket, it fits your life.
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