Technology overboard
January 2, 2012
by Jenni Sebora

I opened up a drawer in a cupboard to put away yet another charger and cord in a pile of what seems like an infinite entanglement of cords.

I am a very visual person, so the cords and chargers from the various technology instruments that seem to take up space in every room of the house drive me into visual overload. Well, they drive me crazy.

Telephone, Wii, video camera, iPod, camera, and computer paraphernalia; they are all over the place. Technology is taking over!

Last year for a Christmas present, I purchased a more visually – appealing wooden charger center for all of my husband’s various items he needs to charge and recharge. Well, that turned into another piece of visual clutter. It never gets used. The cords seem to make their way all around the house. Oh, woe is me.

I think I was born in the wrong decade – no, century. Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand the various benefits that technology advancements have bestowed upon us. I work with technology every day, but I would be fine without it.

I write a lot of reports at work via software programs and use different types of software. However, technology is not my choice of recreation.

I don’t Facebook. I am not into computer or video games. I would rather have a hard copy of a book in my hands and turn the page versus reading an electronic version. I am fine with a simple cell phone. I don’t enjoy texting.

I would rather talk to someone in person or on the phone. I enjoy face-to-face social visits. I would rather go outside, bake, read a book, or play a board game. I don’t need to know what someone is doing on a play-by-play basis. Privacy is also good.

I am not trying to negate Facebook, texting, or whatever. They certainly serve purposes. It is just the duration and extent of the use of these tools that are bothersome to me. We have reached levels of extremes in technology use.

Kids invite kids over, but while they are sitting next to each other, they are texting someone else and not making eye contact with the person next to them. Maybe, they just like each other’s company without any conversation. I don’t know, but I have to remind my own kids of limits.

What will happen with social skills? How about the development of visual or hearing problems or fine motor issues from the constant finger pressing on the various screens?

I am not blaming it on the kids. In fact, adults are guilty of the same habits. There just has to be limits set, and we, as adults, have put them in place, or work up technology “contracts” with our children. There has to be parameters.

It is great that we can find a piece of information in a nanosecond. I remember the days of using microfiche for researching a topic.

It is wonderful that we can keep in quicker communication with our children via cell phones.

The point is, we just need to remember limits and parameters.

It is OK for our children to write and send a thank you note to a relative for a Christmas gift received.

It is OK to enjoy time outside engaged in physical activity, rather than a constant sedentary spot in front of a screen.

It is really OK to play a board game with friends, or, even, family. And it is really all-right to engage in face-to-face socialization with others.

Technology advancements will continue, so our parameters around its usage must also.

And, for me, I still have to come up with a solution for all of the cord clutter.

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