Technology is a two-headed beast. Thanks to things like email and FaceBook, it easier than ever to connect. Interestingly, today is Labor Day in the U.S. (a holiday to celebrate workers by giving them the day off) and I enjoy seeing how friends and family are spending their day on FaceBook, Twitter, and other social media sites. The down side is I also had 13 work emails before 1 o’clock, plus text messages and instant messages.
Before the proliferation of smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other connected devices, a day off was just that. A day “off”. There was no way for your bosses or peers to inundate you with reports, kudos, or questions while you were at the beach with your family or sleeping in to celebrate not being tethered to your alarm clock.
There is no denying the magic, power, and marvel of an always-connected world but it is clear we are still in the infancy of the Technological Revolution. We are figuring out how to use technology to enhance lives but I am not so sure we are very good (yet) at leveraging technology to improve life.
(In case you are wondering, the irony of using technology to complain about abuse of technology is not lost on me… but it is a daily blog about one lesson I learned in life so you were probably expecting it, right?)