Reformed Luddism

Considering I’ve made my living from the technology world it might seem strange, but I happen to agree with this guy. Technology is great, and can allow you to do quite a lot. It can also keep you from doing a lot, including the things that really matter. I doubt very many people will feel it “tombstone-worthy” to be able to say “I had 10,000 Facebook Friends” or “I got the high score at Angry Birds.”

As much as I diss Facebook, it has helped me reconnect with some people I’d lost touch with, but conversely I don’t feel the need to be connected 24/7/365. I don’t want to be accessible by anyone, anywhere, at anytime. I dislike being on call for work and having to keep my cell phone on me during the weekend. I don’t own a smart phone–my wife thinks I spend enough time online as is. There’s a whole world out there that can’t be experienced online. And, as a general rule, it beats just about anything I can find online.

So yes, count me as one who will resist the siren song of connectivity technology as long as I can. I may be missing some things. But there are also quite a few things I’m there for. And that has made all the difference.

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