I was fortunate enough to come across this video in ECMP 355. This video has had such a large affect on me that I thought it was necessary to share it in ECMP 455. The video shows a different perspective on technology. Do you agree with it? What are your thoughts? Well, I will tell you what mine are.
“Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?” takes a different perspective on technology that I believe an older generation feels. I do agree with what they are trying to portray? Yes, I believe that technology has a tendency to control your life if it is not being moderated properly.
If you think about what he says, “Did you know the average person spends 4 years of their life looking down at a cell-phone?”
4 Years = 48 Months = 1461 Days = 35064 Hours
So what can you do in 4 years? In 4 years, you can…
- Get another degree in school
- Watch your child go from a baby to an adult
- Travel around the world
- Go to the moon and back
… or it is the average time a persons spends looking at a cell phone. This does not include the hours you watch your television or the time you spend on a computer. This is strictly looking at a cellphone.
Now, I want to clarify with you that I am not against technology. I am not against using technology in the classroom. I am simply agreeing that technology needs to be used in moderation! Technology should not replace face-to-face conversation, but it should help aid those who aren’t able to have face-to-face conversation (Skype). Technology should not replace a teacher in the classroom, but it can help aid with interactive lesson, reinforcing concepts, etc.
What are some tips to help moderate technology in your life? Lori Deschene has many valuable ones in her article, “7 Tips to Keep Technology from Taking Over Your Life,” that are listed below.
- Make deliberate choices about time.
- Box out time to put technology away.
- Remember: the most precious thing you can give someone is your presence.
- Be mindful of your reasons for connecting to technology.
- Get the most important things done and let go of the rest.
- Make minimal commitments to yourself for a clear mental space.
- Track your day’s presence in battery life.
For more information about these point, please make sure to go to the article itself. Lori has many valuable ideas on each of these tips.
You have heard my view on “Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?” What is your opinion? How do you moderate technology in your life?