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Technology Makes Us Antisocial, They Say

So, what’s with the subject line? Well, it is not what you think.

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Photo: Benjamin Surman, founder of 1986 Ventures; Source: Courtesy Photo
Photo: Benjamin Surman, founder of 1986 Ventures; Source: Courtesy Photo

I know it’s a uncomfortable subject for some and not worth listening to for others. But you’re here, and I’m writing, so let’s talk about it – technology trends.

Saying the next statement makes me feel old. At just 27 I have witnessed technology rapidly grow, leaps and bounds, throughout my entire life. The same as it did, I assume, for the folks that came before us.

So, what’s with the subject line? Well, it is not what you think. You may assume I am preparing to talk about how technology has made society antisocial, or the opposite. Others may be expecting me to tell you how technology has ruined society and that we are doomed if we do not scrap tech.

You would be wrong.

That would be the assumption of fearful youth mixed with the old soul inside of you running your mind with preloaded rebuttals. But just cool your jets and take a breather. The subject line ties directly in with my first few sentences.

During my 27 years I have witnessed “old” become replaced by “new” time and time again. For someone older, the subject line may bring them back to a more “simplified” time when they would walk over to their neighbors and ask for a cup of sugar. For “my generation” this would seem like a complex task when one could just call, text, DM, PM, snapchat or comment immediately from a technical device.

The standard for “my society” is based on the days of a simple flip phone and MySpace. You may be laughing, but just think about it. More often than “never” I hear someone, around my age, say they wish things were easier like, “I wish I had my old flip phone,” or even… “I wish I had my old Blackberry.” You could easily say, well go back to it! But we can’t. Our lives were sucked into the cloud before we could even fully understand where we were going.

 

A New Heritage

While an older generation may think we have complicated things, the current generations tend to feel stuck. The excitement of a “new” emerging tech brand (e.g., Apple, Google, etc.) has died off and essentially became our heritage.

I remember when iPhone first launched on June 29, 2007. I was skeptical of leaving my trusty Blackberry behind, but man …my iPod just did so many “cool” things so I trusted the Apple brand and made the switch. Wow! What had I been missing out on?!

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