Technology: Friend or Foe?

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  • February 10, 2011
  • INK Team

This is another guest post from INK intern, Rachael Genson.

In today’s world, technology is king.  We have come so far in the last few decades. Not only has the burden of taking notes in class been made immensely easier through the ability to transport computers, but we can even use technology to create energy through harnessing wind power.  Our society is constantly growing because of technological improvements and it seems pretty unanimous that our world is changed for the better because of them.

Despite all the benefits technology has brought, I somehow find it becoming my enemy, which makes me wonder – is it possible that something so good can also be bad?

Until recently, I was the only person I knew who didn’t own a smartphone or tote my laptop around regularly and I’ll be honest, I loved it.  I relished in the fact that, if even for just a few hours, I was electronically “unreachable” simply because my phone had limited capabilities and my portable computer was sitting on my desk at home. However, a few months ago, the pressure from work, school, and other commitments forced me to give in and accept my spot in the smartphone world.  Since then, I have fallen for my Google-powered mobile device – and I have fallen hard.  Checking emails on my phone, constantly updating my Twitter and Facebook, and always searching websites became a necessary part of my phone usage.  I just couldn’t get over having access to the entire e-world with the touch of a finger.

It’s not that I dislike technology.  On the contrary, I love all the giant leaps forward we have made as a society thanks to advances in technology.  I simply dislike that it suddenly seems that our society has chosen to forgo face-to-face communication for the more impersonal form of technological communication.  As a public relations student, I realize the importance of maintaining personal relationships in your professional life.  While potentially less convenient, face-to-face contact with clients, coworkers, even reporters (when possible) adds that extra bit of personality and care that technological communication lacks.

So in order to pay homage to my inner chatterbox, it’s time I make a change.  For the next month, I am going to try and put all of my technological comforts on the backburner in an effort to return to the days of good ol’ face-to-face conversation.  My hope is that by giving my fingers a much needed rest and my communications skills a much needed workout, I can learn to strike a balance between technological and personal communication.  Wish me luck!

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