You may think that robots will take over the world sooner or later, or you may think that’s just not going to happen. Either way, everyone knows that technology is a key part of our lives now, just like it has always been: From the sailboat innovation during the fourth millennium B. C., to the printing press in the 1430s, the electricity discovered late in the 19th century, the Penicillin in 1928, or the Internet in the 1960s.
“Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.”
–Freeman Dyson, English theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering.
Technology is not a saint, but it’s 2015, though, and you can’t deny that technology has infiltrated every part of our lives. Your kids now grow up learning on their iPads instead of reading books. You need WiFi everywhere, even just for going 10 minutes to the bathroom. And you probably have met some good partners using online dating.
Use what the world is offering you and stop complaining about technology. Make it your ally and be a better person –happier, healthier, and more productive.
Don’t Love It Too Much
Overuse of technology can lead to ‘digital dementia’.
It’s fine if you like photography and you carry your DSLR camera, or your new iPhone and a ridiculous selfie stick. But can you find your way to a new restaurant without GPS? Do you feel that panic if your phone dies and you aren’t accessible by email? Maybe you can’t even remember how to wash the dishes without a 4-step video from YouTube. In an age where information is available at the touch of a screen, it’s easy to forget how to live on your own.
The point here is that please, don’t be that guy. Keep in mind that even Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. So bury your Google Glass, and go for a walk with your kids.
Do you know that Germans work fewer hours but produce more?
Technology can help you with that. Businesses today run more efficiently and increase overall profits using specific software and innovative processes. And mobile access to real-time data allows you as a staff member to work from almost anywhere.
Stay In Touch
The Internet, social media platforms, and mobile technology allow you to get in touch with all the people you care about. No matter how far they live, you always can talk with them using Hangouts or Skype.
You can know almost instantly what someone is doing with a couple of clicks. Social media usage is ubiquitous, so the difficult thing to do now is lose yourself somewhere and be able to live without technology.
Even if you are aware that some technologies, such as solar energy, isn’t as green as it may seem, it’s still obvious that technology can help the environment in many ways. Emails allow you to save paper, and smart architecture can save tons of energy using passive or active measures and water, temperature, and lighting control techniques.
And there is another reason you should consider technology a trustworthy friend:
“Over my 80 years I’ve seen incredible change. Technology can be a force for conservation.”
–Jane Goodall, English primatologist (considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees,) ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace
Never Stop Learning
Technology offers you access to more information than ever before. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but it generally means that a land of opportunities is out there, waiting for you to take advantage of it.
From online learning platforms like edX that offer free online courses from the world’s best universities (five minutes from now you could be starting an English poetry course on Harvard’s online platform, or learning about computing technology at Cornell) to online and faster communication with teachers (40% of students use social media as their main tool to stay in touch and get academic feedback at college and university).
The information age is here, and you have the necessary technology to make the best of it. Don’t miss out.