My Love-Hate Relationship With Technology

Trying to Stay Balanced with Technology

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.

Tiffany

What about you?  Do you embrace technology?  Or are you still playing hard to get?

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  1. Totally agree – so hard to get away from, and yet SO many GREAT things too! We are back and forth now about a (gasp!) Smartphone….not sure if i want to be that connected, but see lots of great advantages too!

    • Campy Mom says:

      I didn’t really think I needed a Smartphone until I got one. Now I can’t imagine not having one. Once you get one, there’s no going back!

      Of course, it amazes me when I go places and so many people are texting instead of interacting with the actual people around them.

  2. Dianne Edwards says:

    Of course, I love my cell phone and lap top. But I don’t like people texting and/or talking on the phone in restaurants, at church services, or live theatre performances. Using a cell phone while driving a car is down-right dangerous! Our written language has morphed into “lmao CU L8r”, and it seems as if our younger people are totally dependent on technology and unable communicate face-to-face, which is sad and scary.

    Yes, we take our cell phone when we camp. Of course, we have to drive at least five miles to get any reception. But when we are camping in a grove of redwoods that have stood for hundreds of years, our reliance on technology
    really isn’t necessary. Fortunately, these items have “off” switches. Perhaps we need to use them more often????? (I’ll get off my soap box now and try a
    five gallon bucket, instead!!)

  3. There is nothing really wrong with technology, it is with the people who are using it. Some people are responsible enough with what they do over the internet, others thrive by abusing the freedom the world wide web gives us.

    On another note, I guess being able to use the latest gadgets is like learning to ride a bike or to swim; not everyone can do it.
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  4. This is something I think many of us struggle with. As a designer of mobile apps and an outdoor enthusiast, I recognize the need for balance between being connected and getting away. I aspire to design user interfaces that allow the user to quickly accomplish a function and put the device away. After all, one of the main reasons for venturing out is to get away from the constant drumbeat of eMail, phone calls & social media.

  5. When camping I like to leave my phone off and laptop tucked away, as I value the time unplugged. Technology is great, it is how we use it that either enhances or distracts from our life.

  6. I’m constantly walking this tightrope. It’s so hard finding the balance. I recently got a smartphone and it just made things easier and harder simultaneously. I love technology and I hate it.

    I think that you have to come up with your own guidelines and go from there. Some of the ones we came up with are –
    We never bring our phones to the dinner table – that’s family time.

    When we’re out exploring nature, we’ll have them with us for safety reasons but they are turned off.

    When we’re playing with our son – screens are off (except for the computer that acts as our jukebox – music is often on).

    Music at the campfire comes from my hubby’s guitar.

    If our son is asking for our attention we focus on him not the computer.

    My friends know that if they really need to tell something to me, not to tell me via Facebook because after a weekend of being offline, I’m not going to go through everyone’s statuses.

    And most of all – deaths are not to be announced on Facebook (I reamed my sister-in-law out over this one when my husband found out that his aunt had died via Facebook).

    Everyone needs to find out what’s important to them and go from there. Technology isn’t going anywhere and we need to learn to live with it.

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