I love this paragraph because I think it distills and represents the pain and suffering so many people now feel around the role of technology in their lives:
I like technology just as much as the next person, but sometimes I find myself feeling overwhelmed with it all. I rely on technology everyday to do my job, to stay connected with friends and family, to drive, to withdrawal money from the bank, and to learn new things (What would we do without the internet?!). I could go on and on about the technology that I use on a daily basis, but it might take forever. Sometimes I feel like I spend more time with my computer than with my friends and family. I often wonder if I would be able to spend one whole day without any technology at all. No TV. No cell phone. No car. No computer. I would just need a book (paper, not electronic), board game (Yup, they still make them!) or a good conversation for entertainment. Ah….a day without technology sounds great to me!
And yet it’s noteworthy (and again, quite representative) that the author goes on to reflect on all the ways that technology makes life better and easier, especially for people with disabilities. That’s how it goes: technology overwhelms, scares and worries us…but we recognize that it’s worth the high price it exacts.
When are we going to stop searching for the off switch, and instead find a way to live with technology so that we can enjoy its upsides without suffering so much over its impact?