Modern technology is wonderful. I am all for it. By the same token, however, I think it can also create a lot of problems–both in life and at the workplace.
Click HERE to read an interesting article about “infomania” where researchers have found people’s IQs actually drop in certain circumstances that involve technology. Frankly, I am not surprised, but I am concerned.
Something is just not right in our society today when people cannot make it through a meeting–much less a bathroom break–without checking their phone for a text or playing a game. I get that technology is amazing and that it can enhance life, but I do question when it becomes THE way we experience it.
Honestly, I cannot count the times I have talked with people who periodically check their phones throughout a conversation. Maybe they apologize or maybe not, but would any of us break into another conversation with someone if someone else was already talking to us?
I do not own a smart phone and I have no plans to own one either. If I am too busy to pick up a phone and talk to someone or provide someone with my undivided attention, then maybe I need to take a sick day. I say this tongue and cheek, but I do think it would be helpful if all of us take a moment to reflect on how we use technology.
Technology is a tool–and on occasion–any tool needs to be put down. You just might surprise yourself, too, and those around you when you holster your smart phone and go rogue and insist on face to face communications. Handshakes and hugs mean more than smiley faces and LOLs.