Will the Next Generation Ruin Their Lives With Technology?

Will the Next Generation Ruin Their Lives With Technology?

Will the Next Generation Ruin Their Lives With Technology?
digital taking over my life
Tech taking over?

My tag-line is “Technology to enhance your life,” but how can technology enhance our lives?

Our children will grow up in an entirely digital world. There will be no escaping technology.

Will they have the same quality of life as generations before them?

Will Technology Enhance Life?

Let’s explore the ways that technology enhances our life…

My computer connects me with friends and family and introduces me to new friends. Because of the computer, I am able to work at home which means I am here for my children. It is also where I create all my scrapbook pages (my addiction hobby) and scrapbooking is a sanity saver for me.

While watching the Olympics with my kids, I’m working on my laptop & getting enhanced info about the Olympics from the NBC Olympics app.

My cell phone allows me to take those connections with me wherever I go. I can share my daughter’s dance recital with my parents as it is happening. I never miss a cute moment because I always have a camera/video recorder in my hand. When I am lost, I can quickly look up the correct directions and the GPS will get me there on time.

meeting friends online
Great friends that I have met online and are now some of my closest friends.

My laptop allows me to see my children in video when I’m away from home. I can scrap my vacation pages while I am still on vacation. It allows me to work and scrap while stuck in an airplane for 6 hours. (I actually look forward to long airplane trips now. It is 6 hours of uninterrupted time where someone brings me food and drink.)

cell phone lifestyle technology
Capturing all the moments of my life.

My iPad allows me to bring my entire book collection with me wherever I go. When we are on vacation and wonder about the history of a particular building, I can look it up and satisfy inquiring minds while they are still wondering.

technology to enhance our lives

My mp3 is the only way I can run a half marathon or sit on the bike for an hour. I can escape to a beach in the Bahamas with the sounds of water to ease the stress of the day.

running my first half marathon
I am still running my first half marathon and almost finished!

Yes, sometimes all the gadgets and gizmos may seem like they are taking away from our lives, but we must not allow that to happen. We control the devices and how we use them. Anytime I am considering a new gadget, my first thought is, “how is this going to enhance my life?” If it won’t, then I don’t need it.

Digital at Dinner

And, yes, sometimes, we end up at the dinner table and we all look like this…

technology at dinner

But, as you can see, I captured that moment because it is part of our lives. And the next moment we may all be laughing about how it looks with all of us at the dinner table with our phones. Life isn’t always “Kodak moments,” but we do have enough of those “Kodak moments” to balance out the “phone at dinner table” moments.

The Next Generation

The next generation will do as those have done before them and make the best with what they are given. It seems that the old folks think the young folk are going to ruin their lives with whatever new “thing” they are into whether it be rock ‘n roll or gadgets. Yet, in the end, those young folks grow up to be old folks and somehow manage to live a fulfilled life!

Let’s Talk About Our Digital Lives!

How do your gadgets enhance your life? Do you feel technology is taking over our lives? How do you control the tech in your life? Will the next generation have the same quality of life as we did?

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Michele

A 40-something geek trying to juggle 4 kids, lifestyle technology blog, husband, running, living a healthy lifestyle and still find time for digital scrapbooking.

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12 Responses to Will the Next Generation Ruin Their Lives With Technology?

  1. I’ve gotten to the point where I wake up to fights every morning about who’s going to use my iPad first. Today, I had to tell my daughter to put it down, that it’s not an extension of her body.

    We have started banning all electronics at the dinner table. When we get our plate, we set down any electronics in the kitchen and they are only to be collected after dishes are loaded into the dishwasher.

    I also ditched my smartphone (which I will admit I regret) because it was like a bad boyfriend. I was so dependent on it that I’d drop whatever I was doing if it chirped at me.

  2. You know we might as well live in the same household… minus the marathon. :)

    Everyone is usually all wrapped up into their technology. However, the kids do still know how to unplug and play a good old fashioned game of hide and seek. :)

    Kris

  3. I agree – technology has enhanced my life and my family\’s lives so much. Sure there are times to turn off the tech – but for us the good outweighs the bad, big time!! :)

  4. Technology does affect our lives to a great extent and everyday something or the other keeps coming up to make it even better. the kids of present times are more technology conscious and well versed with the latest tools. But everything has pros and cons, and it depends on us how well and mindfully we are using th technology.

  5. A nicely put post to highlight how technology has touched our lives in big and small ways. The future belongs to technology and it has made us dependant on it so much.

  6. Hi Michele,
    A very thoughtful post!! The title of the post speaks volumes about the ongoing scenario in the environment. Each and every thing has both positive as well as negative aspects. In the same tone technology also has both the sides, the techonology has truly enhanced the lives of people. It depends upon the people how they use it. Thanks for sharing this post.

  7. My sister who is barely 18 spends majority of her time in front of her laptop and I’ve asked her several times, what ever happened to going out with your friends on a Saturday night like I did before? It turns out, everyone else is at home and online too :) We have come a long way from personal interaction and it saddens me to know that this trend is here to stay for the generations to come. Thanks for the enlightening post, I cannot deny the fact that I’m too dependent on my gadgets too :)

  8. This is such an amusing post! I guess it holds true for most of us. The scene during dinner time in our house is quite similar. Everyone is holding his or her gadget! I also noticed that after we say Grace, there’s another practice that is being done. My brother and sisters take pictures of the food, before they actually partake of it! It’s so funny. My grandmother who is the only one without a gadget is starting to get irritated by this. I guess it’s time to give her her own iPhone! Hahaha! We are grateful for technology and what it can do. We just have to make sure that we control these gadgets and not the other way around! Thanks for sharing this, Michelle! :)

  9. How much of it is fluff, though? You mentioned a great point that says technology helps you stay connected with friends and family-yes True. But, i also feel that comments and praise left on your Facebook wall may be blatant lies. There are negative feelings harbored in such media, and one would never know the truth when the only connection is using such means. That is just my opinion though- and i am sure many will disagree. And how many friends do you actually meet up with, each week?

  10. :)) I respect that you appreciate staying in an airplane chair for 6 hours, enjoying your spare time. Technology affects people in mysterious ways :P I don’t have patience to stay in one spot for 6 hours, even if technology would make my life easier.

  11. Hey,

    To be honest I don’t know too much about this.I’m very pleased to find this great post. I need to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!!

    Thanks,
    Joel

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