Are Our Lives Really Better Today Compared to the Pre-Technology Era?

imagesMy mind was sparked today with a thought, which led to contemplation, which leaves me here…typing!  We get so much in civilized society so fast.  Want to eat?…fast food.  Want the latest news?…Twitter.  Want to speak face-to-face with a relative 1,000 miles away?…Skype.  Fast cars, fast information, quick food.  And the luxury of convenience has turned into expectation and demand!  We cannot go back to the days of 45 minute meals or waiting all day for the evening news.

Our world can change in a matter of seconds.

I am afraid for our species though.  Lots of people are reluctant to participate in activities that take time and require patience.  For instance, the obesity epidemic.  It has taken me 5 months of dedication and resolve to lose 16 pounds.  It has not been terribly difficult other than it has taken 5 months of being patient.  It takes lots of time and bother to shop for healthy foods, prepare and organize my schedule to eat.  It takes time; the one thing that most people take for granted.


It is our enemy in a way, as it slips past us so quickly, turning days into weeks into years before we realize.  And that “thing” we meant to do yesterday is still hanging above us 5 years later.  When will we learn?  Or maybe better…will we ever learn?

Tomorrow is the promise of fools.

My hope is that what I write registers in just one soul and prompts them to action.

Write, read, skip, jump, swim, run, giggle, exercise, smile.  Doing something positive is required to get something positive.

Just a thought for a Thursday morning…


21 thoughts on “Are Our Lives Really Better Today Compared to the Pre-Technology Era?

  1. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    This post raises an interesting and important question. As a blind child and teenager growing up I devoured braille books and abridged cassette versions of titles ranging from classics to thrillers. The problem was that only a fraction of the books produced where (and are still) transcribed into braille so my choice, as a visually impaired reader was severely limited. All this changed with the advent of ebooks and e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle. With the text to speech facility I am able to read the same books as my sighted friends so technology has greatly expanded my capacity to enjoy reading. On the down side of the equation, the growth of technology has lead to the decline in braille production so books which where previously available in braille can no longer be purchased (I assume due to the belief that blind people prefer to access them electronically). I love the physicality of books and derive tremendous enjoyment from sitting with a braille book on my knee, a pleasure very different from that experienced when reading an ebook. So my experience of the growth of technology, from the perspective of a blind person is generally positive, although tinged with regret due to the fall off in the production of physical (braille) books. More generally I regret the obsession with technology as an end in itself rather than as a means to an end. Technology should be the servant and not the master. Kevin

      1. Life is full of gimmes and gotchas. You work hard to be able to afford the new car. That is a gimme. The gotcha is higher insurance, higher maintenance costs and higher yearly taxes. That is the gotcha.

  2. I think technology has made our daily lives more efficient and it has certainly connected us to the world, however, I do believe it is the cause of much stress, an increase in harassment and bullying (we no longer need to be face to face) and it has made many of dependent on having it, causing havoc when we lose it (power outages, damaged devices, etc.).

    1. Technology is awesome until the power goes out! lol Then the kid at the restaurant can’t make change for a $20 and the lack of interpersonal skills shows itself.

      1. ha, so true…I also taught for ten years and witnessed the fall-out of a teenage girl who had her cell phone confiscated for misusing it in a classroom…the tantrum she threw forced the school to contact the police who had to cuff her for the safety of students, staff and herself…she literally, destroyed the office…all because a teacher told her she was going to lose it until recess…

      2. yes, and this was one incident…i saw overreactions like this daily (although not as intense)…it’s what happens when we interfere with addiction of any sort…come of these kids are connected 24/7 and life does not exist without it…

      3. I know…but it is…there has been a steady increase in the number of children and teens suffering from anxiety and depression and I believe it is a result of the addiction to technology…

      4. I’ll comment on this, I too like you, “I am afraid for our species though” although I admire my techy gadgets and the Internet, there is a pitfall to this. One like you said, not being able to make change for a 20 dollar bill. I recently went to my first under the dome school football game and the scorekeeper’s basic math skills sucked by giving an extra 7 points to a team that did not get earn it. Our smartphones have made us dumb, we used to use rotary phones and we normally remembered the number that we were going to dial. We used to remember our home phone number, yet with our cell phones we just look at the about phone section to retrieve it. People want things now due to the evolution of technology has provided us. Patience was once known as a virtual and now it has flown the coop and fading fast because society has no patience. This is why on certain days of the year, I take a time to read by candle-light like Abraham, Lincoln did. 1. If the power goes out, I won’t be flustered because I can still read and write. 2. For me, it builds patience waiting for the power to come back on. 3. If it was good for the Gander, then it is good for this Goose.
        You hit a home run on Time. Time goes by way to fast these days. I don’t know if most will ever learn or get a clue. Ok, I am done with the rant, back to my writing.

      5. Thank you, Danny, I read one of those biographies years ago, the dinosaur age LoL, on Abraham and in the book it said that he read by a candle-light, so that is what I do from time to time. Plus when the power does go out for 2 or more hours it really helps for a person that may have an addiction to the Internet.

  3. We have become accustomed to speed and instant gratification. It takes time, dedication, and hard work to achieve our goals. I have made it a point in my life to live life recently. If I want something, I at least look at my options and try to work for it or figure out a way to make it happen. It’s liberating and refreshing even if it’s time consuming and difficult at times.

  4. They are better because they offer more possibilities. But people are more stupid, superficial and complicated because they have too much and when thee is too much there is dissatisfaction and depression.

  5. They are better because it offers more possibilities. But people are more stupid, superficial and complicated because they have too much and when thee is too much there is dissatisfaction and depression.

  6. I believe our lives have gotten better and made the world smaller, but this does bring with it certain downsides, the refugee crisis that is going on. For some reason people have an issue with the fact people in a war zone will have an i phone as this is something reserved for people not in a war zone.

    I have also found that I spend far too much time with my nose in a phone/laptop/tv and while I will put them down to chat to my son and play with him they are always on, so I have started doing a no tech hour (at least) where we have nothing on. Its an interesting experience but I want my son to know there is more than technology. I prefer paper books rather than an I Pad to read a book and something simple like a jigsaw rather than on a child friendly website

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