Technology Should Be Present For Our Enjoyment But Should No

Technology should be present for our enjoyment, but should not replace books, outdoor entertainment, or previously enjoyed activities because of convenience and accessibility.

Technology should be accessible because humans create and consume it. Humans can “love” their computers and iPads because they can personalize them and adapt them to human needs, not because the technologies regulate human existences. In the event that technologies shut down, or are taken off the market, or lose software support and repair warantees, the human should not have learned to rely on the technologies.

Humans should understand the evolution of their purchased technology, and they should buy technologies based on their own needs and not the appealing and popular image of having the technology. Technologies should be used based on what humans need, not what everybody else has. Many people identify themselves with the technologies they use (we are Mac or PC people) instead of identifying the consumerism and industrialization behind the product. The product should bring us entertainment and convenience, not define us. We define the product based on the music we store on it, the data and information we give it, and the ways in which we make it personal to us.

Google wants to dominate print and online publishing by digitizing all books published. Their use of digital technology should not come down to owning rights to every book ever published. Digitizing all forms of print neglects the value of the book, of the poem, and of the literary medium. We enjoy books and print for the effort it took to write, revise, edit, and publish. It takes time to popularize a novel, and the entertainment value of a book compares differently to the entertainment value a website provides.

By taking breaks from technologies and the virtual world, users can reconnect with the physical world and develop their identities apart from the technologies that have become such an integral part of our lives. Doing this may help to restore our value of music, the written word, the arts, and nature.