Monday, August 10, 2009

Is technology squeezing the life out of you?

An amusing but revealing story about modern life in Sunday's New York Times declares:
Coffee Can Wait. Day’s First Stop Is Online.

"Karl and Dorsey Gude of East Lansing, Mich., can remember simpler mornings, not too long ago. They sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast. They read the newspaper and competed only with the television for the attention of their two teenage sons.

"That was so last century. Today, Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.

"The new routine quickly became a source of conflict in the family, with Ms. Gude complaining that technology was eating into family time. But ultimately even she partially succumbed, cracking open her laptop after breakfast.

“Things that I thought were unacceptable a few years ago are now commonplace in my house,” she said, “like all four of us starting the day on four computers in four separate rooms.”

How much control does technology have over your life?

I'll admit it. I've become a technology addict. I'm online first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I read too many blogs, download too many podcasts and, God help me, I'm even tweeting.

How about you? Are you firing up the computer and scanning email while you wait for your morning coffee fix? Are trips to social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter eating more and more into what used to be your daily life?

How far have you succumbed to technology's mesmerizing spell? Do you need an intervention, or have you taken steps to prevent it from taking your life hostage.

Go ahead. Tell us your story. Use the comment box below or click on the tiny 'comment' line. Confession is good for the soul. Besides, it's on a blog. It must be good.

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