As a camper and a mom, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. Advances in technology leave me thinking where would we be without it and how will we survive with it?
The same technology that we try to get away from while camping, could save your life in the same camping trip. (Yodel app sends out your itenerary to your designated contacts when you begin an outdoor adventure and alerts when you are scheduled to return. You can set waypoints and updates during your adventure).
The technology that keeps us busy indoors can also get you into the outdoors (geocaching.com can help turn your next hike into a treasure hunting game using a GPS device).
I-phone apps can waste your time or help you plan your next camping trip (PocketRanger App is used by many state parks and can keep you aware of all the events and activities happening within state parks, weather conditions and even has a Friend Finder feature that allows you to keep track of companions on your outdoor adventure).
Within minutes of Baby Girl’s birth, we had uploaded pictures to facebook for our out-of-town friends to see. Contrast that to the fact that I recently learned of a friend’s death by reading facebook.
The technology that helps us communicate can also lead to misunderstandings. A lot of folks on the web believe that sarcasm should have its own font. Brilliant (no sarcasm intended)!
When we bought my grandmother her first cellphone, she unknowingly held it up like a walkie-talkie. Compare her to an 80 year old woman who told me she was on facebook so she could connect with old friends (old friends are her words, not mine).
This technology can help you connect with friends you haven’t seen in 20 years or break up a 20 year marriage (facebook was cited in 1 in 5 divorces in the U.S. during this past year. Read more here).
As a child, I moved to a town 45 miles away. You would have thought we had moved to a different continent. I lost touch with my friends because long distance phone calls were very expensive and we had to communicate by snail mail (actual written letters). Today not only can I keep in touch with friends thousands of miles away, but this blog is visited by people from all over the world, including Australia, England, Scotland and over 30 other countries (although I don’t know how they understand my southern U.S. slang and cliches). Hello to all my readers world-wide!
And so I continue to walk the technology tightrope, reaping the benefits of advanced technology, while trying to minimize its adverse effects.
I’ll see you by the campfire.
What about you? Do you embrace technology? Or are you still playing hard to get?