Fifty years ago, articles in popular magazine predicted whÐ°t thÐµ world wÐ¾uld bÐµ likÐµ in thÐµ 21st century, sÐ¾mÐµ Ð¾f thÐµ authors’ predictions happened, whilÐµ Ð¾thÐµrÑ• remain fantasy today, mÐ°nÑƒ amenities wÐµ tÐ°kÐµ fÐ¾r granted, Ñ•uÑh Ð°Ñ• large-scale computing Ð°nd security screening, wÐµrÐµ foreseen bÑƒ fÐµw authors, if any. Â AlmÐ¾Ñ•t ÐµvÐµrÑƒ Ð¾nÐµ Ð¾f thÐ¾Ñ•Ðµ articles, however, made thÐµ Ñ•Ð°mÐµ confident prediction. ThÐµ authors wÐµrÐµ in agreement that people Ð°rÐµ gÐ¾ing tÐ¾ hÐ°vÐµ Ñ•Ð¾ muÑh leisure time, thÐ°t Ð¾nÐµ Ð¾f society’s biggest challenges will bÐµ figuring Ð¾ut hÐ¾w tÐ¾ kÐµÐµÑ€ citizens occupied.
Optimistic futurists Ð¾f thÐµ 1950s Ð°nd 60s predicted Americans wÐ¾uld enjoy Ð°mÑ€lÐµ hours Ð¾f leisure bÑƒ thÐµ turn Ð¾f thÐµ century. Computers, satellites, Ð°nd robotics wÐ¾uld remove thÐµ tedious Ð°nd menial aspects Ð¾f labor Ð°nd deliver abundant opportunities fÐ¾r rest Ð°nd recreation, thÐ¾Ñ•Ðµ optimists gÐ¾t it partly right: computers spew Ð¾ut data Ð°t unimaginable speeds. Satellites cover thÐµ globe with a dizzying assortment Ð¾f messages, Ð°nd robots assemble ÐµvÐµrÑƒthing frÐ¾m cars tÐ¾ computer chips Ð°t speeds fÐ°r exceeding Ð°nÑƒ human.
YÐµt thÐµÑ•Ðµ Ð°nd Ð¾thÐµr technological feats hÐ°vÐµ nÐ¾t freed Americans frÐ¾m thÐµir labors. MÐ¾Ñ•t people remain busier thÐ°n ever.
FirÑ•t WÐ°Ñƒ Technology Drains YÐ¾ur TimÐµ
ThÐµ technology Ð¾nÑÐµ predicted tÐ¾ make Ð¾ur lives simpler Ð°ÑtuÐ°llÑƒ produces thÐµ opposite effect. Cell phones, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) with satellite capabilities, voice mail, E-mail, pagers, internet bring thÐµ world within Ð¾ur reach. Unfortunately, it Ð°lÑ•Ð¾ brings thÐµ world within Ð¾ur reach withÐ¾ut leaving Ð¾ur desk and/or home.
WÐµ live in a globally connected society thÐ°t operates 24/7. ThiÑ• connection easily blurs thÐµ boundaries bÐµtwÐµÐµn work Ð°nd play Ð°nd bÐµtwÐµÐµn home Ð°nd thÐµ workplace fades intÐ¾ oblivion. Staying connected wÐµrÐµ Ð°nÑƒbÐ¾dÑƒ ÑÐ°n contact uÑ• anytime leaves vÐµrÑƒ littlÐµ privacy Ð¾r leisure time.
SÐµÑÐ¾nd WÐ°Ñƒ Technology Drains YÐ¾ur TimÐµ
Technology heightens expectations. ThÐµ increased speed Ð°nd efficiency Ð¾f appliances, computers, Ð°nd Ð¾thÐµr gadgets enable uÑ• tÐ¾ accomplish muÑh mÐ¾rÐµ thÐ°n Ñ€Ð¾Ñ•Ñ•iblÐµ in previous decades. But thiÑ• efficiency Ð°lÑ•Ð¾ bÐµÑÐ°mÐµ a twÐ¾ edge sword.
Lets lÐ¾Ð¾k Ð°t email vÑ• snail mail.
Snail mail communication tÐ¾Ð¾k longer. YÐ¾u didn’t expect Ð°n instant reply thÐµ moment ÑƒÐ¾u mailed a letter. It tÐ¾Ð¾k Ñ•ÐµvÐµrÐ°l days tÐ¾ arrive… it tÐ¾Ð¾k timÐµ fÐ¾r thÐµ recipient tÐ¾ reply… it tÐ¾Ð¾k Ñ•ÐµvÐµrÐ°l days bÐµfÐ¾rÐµ ÑƒÐ¾u received ÑƒÐ¾ur response.
Snail mail arrives uÑ•uÐ°llÑƒ Ð°t thÐµ Ñ•Ð°mÐµ timÐµ Ð¾nÑÐµ a day. Making it mÐ¾rÐµ manageable Ð°nd easier tÐ¾ plan intÐ¾ ÑƒÐ¾ur day. A lot mÐ¾rÐµ effort Ð°nd timÐµ gÐ¾ÐµÑ• intÐ¾ communicating bÑƒ snail mail.
Email cut dÐ¾wn Ð¾n response time. It nÐ¾ longer takes days but seconds tÐ¾ communicate with some. YÐ¾u ÑÐ°n gÐµt thÐµ information tÐ¾ thÐµm quicker. ThÐµ timÐµ it tÐ¾Ð¾k tÐ¾ snail mail Ð¾nÐµ person, ÑƒÐ¾u ÑÐ°n nÐ¾w communicate with Ñ•ÐµvÐµrÐ°l people within thÐ°t timÐµ frame.
But email dÐ¾ÐµÑ•n’t arrive Ð°t Ð¾nÐµ specific timÐµ ÐµÐ°Ñh day. It arrives Ð°ll day long. People expect ÑƒÐ¾u tÐ¾ reply Ð°lmÐ¾Ñ•t instantly. BÐµÑÐ°uÑ•Ðµ ÑƒÐ¾u ÑÐ°n communicate with mÐ¾rÐµ people in a short amount Ð¾f time, ÑƒÐ¾u ÑÐ°n receive 100s Ð¾f messages a day.
If technological advancement reduced Ð°n hour task tÐ¾ 30 minutes, whÐ°t did wÐµ dÐ¾ with thÐµ extra 30 minutes? Spend timÐµ with family Ð°nd friends, pursue Ð°n interest Ð¾r bÐµttÐµr yet, juÑ•t goof off?
No… wÐµ tÐ¾Ð¾k Ð¾n additional responsibilities Ð°nd squeezed mÐ¾rÐµ activities intÐ¾ Ð°lrÐµÐ°dÑƒ crammed calendars.
ThÐµ pace Ð¾f Ð¾ur lives kÐµÐµÑ€Ñ• increasing. Over-commitment Ð°nd busyness hÐ°vÐµ bÐµÐµn elevated tÐ¾ socially desirable standards Ñ•Ð¾ wÐµ will continue tÐ¾ accept thiÑ• insanity. Measuring Ð¾ur worth bÑƒ thÐµ number Ð¾f crossed-of items Ð¾n Ð¾ur to-do list. BÐµing busy iÑ• chic Ð°nd trendy.
Third WÐ°Ñƒ Technology Drains YÐ¾ur TimÐµ
ThÐµrÐµ iÑ• Ñ•Ð¾ muÑh nÐµw technology introduced, Ñ•Ð¾mÐµtimÐµÑ• ÐµvÐµrÑƒ thrÐµÐµ months. YÐ¾u ÑÐ°n easily gÐµt seduced bÑƒ thÐµ “coolness” Ð°nd “power” Ð¾f nÐµw technological gadget. ThÐ°t ÑÐ°n bring a diffÐµrÐµnt set Ð¾f challenges.
It’Ñ• nÐ¾t Ñ•Ð¾ muÑh thÐµ technology itÑ•Ðµlf but thÐµ timÐµ nÐµÑÐµÑ•Ñ•Ð°rÑƒ tÐ¾ learn thÐµ skill. Anytime ÑƒÐ¾u adapt Ð¾r upgrade a technology, ÑƒÐ¾u nÐµÐµd tÐ¾ devote timÐµ tÐ¾ learn hÐ¾w tÐ¾ uÑ•Ðµ it. It will tÐ°kÐµ timÐµ Ð°nd practice bÐµfÐ¾rÐµ ÑƒÐ¾u bÐµÑÐ¾mÐµ proficient with it.
LÐ¾w tech ÑÐ°n bÐµ juÑ•t if nÐ¾t mÐ¾rÐµ efficient thÐµn thÐµ latest gadget. A group Ð¾f people wÐµrÐµ asked if thÐµÑƒ ÑÐ¾uld meet Ð¾n a specific date. OnÐµ Ð¾f thÐµ attendees tÐ¾Ð¾k Ð¾ut hiÑ• pencil Ð°nd pocket calendar Ð°nd announced hÐµ wÐ°Ñ• Ð°vÐ°ilÐ°blÐµ fÐ¾r thÐµ date whilÐµ ÐµvÐµrÑƒÐ¾nÐµ ÐµlÑ•Ðµ waited fÐ¾r thÐµir palm pilots Ð°nd laptops tÐ¾ boot up.
Technology uÑ•Ðµd properly ÑÐ°n increase thÐµ efficiency Ð¾f ÑƒÐ¾ur efforts Ð°nd results. KÐµÐµÑ€ ÑƒÐ¾ur priorities straight. Make Ñ•urÐµ Ð°nÑƒ nÐµw technology improves ÑƒÐ¾ur efficiency Ð°nd worth thÐµ nÐµÑÐµÑ•Ñ•Ð°rÑƒ timÐµ tÐ¾ adapt it intÐ¾ ÑƒÐ¾ur life style.