Friday, December 31, 2004
I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about how stressful technology is and how a person should take a break from it. The suggestions usually involve leaving behind your cell phone, PDA, MP3 player, GPS unit, computer, or any other tech gadget, and going somewhere nobody can easily reach you—preferably no TV or radio. Suddenly, this began to sound a bit Amish to me and I sat down to put some real thought into this concept.
Personally, I rarely feel stressed out by computers. In fact, I will work on my computer all day at work, then come home and do some web surfing or play some games. This helps me unwind and relieve stress. Why would I want a vacation from that?
I’ve come to the conclusion that the people who are suggesting a break from technology are those who don’t really have a good grasp on the technology around them. The younger generation is growing up with this and they feel more at ease with it. I believe with this next generation or two, technology will be so integrated into our lives, we’ll feel stressed without it.
So, the next time some “expert” tells me to take a break from technology, I’m going to tell them to take a break from electricity, cars, ovens, warm clothing, and anything else that raises us above the level of cavemen and ask how stressed out they feel.
» Posted by Queue at 09:15 PM (ET)
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