You might say, of course, it is a blessing to have so much information at your finger tips. Well, sometimes yes, and sometimes no. The bottom line: Technology is indeed a beautiful thing, but we must exercise caution and be vigilant and informed of both the good and the not-so-good.
As unique individuals, we all have different likes and dislikes. There are those of us that are almost instinctively drawn to the quick moving high tech ways of the world, and enjoy embracing every opportunity to learn more and interact with new emerging technologies. Some absolutely love it, some appreciate and are amazed by it, but make no added effort to learn any more than they need to know to manage their day to day job demands, and then there are some that are simply not inclined to understanding any of it.
Often, people who are very knowledgeable and who easily grasp emerging technologies are hailed, while those that do not embrace it wholeheartedly, or who may even be resistant, are viewed as inept. In defense of the latter group, we should think twice before making judgments. There is something positive to be said about those that choose to use their time doing valuable “people to people” and “community service work” rather than taking the time that would be needed for them to learn new technology apps that are likely to be upgraded and different in a few months. They are the ones who are just not that excited about learning the latest and greatest computer technology, but who get really excited about offering human, hands-on, tangible help to people. These, too, are blessings and gifts of the kind that computers, in all their glory, can’t provide.
So, that’s my point of view. Here is what some of our area citizens have to say about technology:
Larry Hollar, Oakwood
“Upside: what a treat to access information and people across the world in ways that were unimaginable when I was young. Like ATMs a generation ago, Facebook started for the tech savvy but is mainstream now for many people of all ages. But let’s respect and not marginalize those who find all this overwhelming and faceless — the tried-and-true ways to learn and talk are blessings of their own!”
Brenda Brown, Huber Heights
“Hackers that want your information can find it nowadays and it is not difficult. In fact, it is both amazing and scary just how easy it is. For instance, in the past, even if you wanted someone’s information that could be found in ‘public records’ you had to walk or drive down to the court house to get it, now you can access public records in great, great detail with just a click of the mouse. That bothers me. I just think it is too invasive. Also, we need to be very careful when putting our personal information, our kids pictures, etc. on social media sites because our children’s photos and other information can easily be lifted and misused if the wrong person gets access and decides to do so.”
Ronald Duckett, Dayton
“As a graphic artist, I have an enormous appreciation for technology. In many ways it is also great for the environment because the decreased need for paper will result in fewer trees being destroyed. On the down side, I have noticed that, although I almost always have my cell phone on vibrate and in my left pants pocket, there have been a few rare occasions when I forgot my phone, but felt a twitching sensation on my left thigh as if the phone was vibrating in my pocket when it actually was not there. That tells me that the constant cell phone vibration against my thigh may not be a good thing. So, at the end of the day, technology has its pluses and minuses.”
Leloni Taguacta, Dayton
“When my brother was missing, we were able to track his location and find him through the use of technology, so that was truly a blessing. But, the down side is that the same tracking technology can potentially result in drama situations between boyfriends and girlfriends and husbands and wives.”
Dr. Marjorie Baker is a recently retired Associate Professor from Wright State University. For more information on her credentials, teaching background, accomplishments, research and publications, visit her website at www.marjoriebaker.com