The recurring issues with iPhone alarms got me thinking about our heavy reliance on technology. But our alarms are just a tiny proportion of the technology we use each day. So imagine all of this, just stopped working. Could you manage without it?
How many times do we all use technology, each day? It is becoming difficult to count! From waking up and switching your alarm off, to checking your phone. You might be listening to music on an iPod/mp3 player, or be checking your emails on a laptop. You may even be playing on your PlayStation or Wii!
I remember getting my first computer. There were very few reasons for me to use it, other than for Solitaire! But jump ahead 11 years and I now use it most of my day, for finding out information, talking to people and for creating reports, which once used to be done using pen and paper.
Then there is my mobile. Originally, it was for emergencies, texting and playing on snake… But 9 years on, it is my alarm, calculator, camera, diary, address book and a whole host of other things now it can access the internet anywhere at any time.
So what happens if it all stops working? With the Apple Alarm problems, 1000’s of people were outraged by it. To me, this shows just how reliant we are on technology and I wonder if this is a good thing?
In our increasingly busy lives, I do enjoy being able to switch everything off, sit down and read a book. On holiday, I love that I can not check my emails or Facebook messages because my laptop is 1000’s of miles away. However, I worry that our dependence will become worse, with the need to be connected at all times increasing, with the moments for us to just ‘switch off’ becoming few and far between.
So for now, I am going to shut my computer down and try to switch off more often. Maybe we should all try giving up technology, for a day, the weekend and at least our holiday! Maybe it will make us all happier, more relaxed and appreciate of these technologies when we do need to use them?