Thursday, June 4, 2009

Technology. To love it or hate it?

In being a dietitian, it has always been my philosophy that everything in moderation is fine. That being said, I personally feel the same way about technology. I feel that technology is a fantastic, necessary thing that has helped our society progress in a million positive ways. Working in the health care industry shows me that every day. It also allows us to stay connected with those who live distances from us by e-mailing, posting pictures, reading blogs, etc, etc, etc.

However, at the same time, there are days when I want to smash technology into a million pieces. I want to take a baseball bat, pull Mike's cellphone out of his hand & take every single aggression I have out on that innocent looking phone. Sometimes I feel that his cellphone has been surgically attached to his hands, his eyes have been glued to the screen & his brain has been sucked into the device. In December of 2006, we took a trip to Asheville, NC & it was probably the best long weekend I have ever spent. Reason being, we were in the mountains with NO TECHNOLOGY! It was fantastic! I would look at Mike & he was actually looking at me! I would speak to Mike & he was actually listening to me! It was wondrous!

The purpose of this post is not to give Mike the title of "Neglectful Husband Of The Year" award; it's simply to vent my frustrations & make a point that technology in excess basically sucks! It distracts us from the people we're in the presence of & puts the focus on people or things that really don't even matter. There are times that I'm online & Mike is talking to me & I know in my heart that I'm not giving him the attention he deserves; I'm not perfect either.

Think about it, if you're giving your computer or cellphone more attention than a loved one you're spending time with, it is time to scale back. Let's get back to simplicity, to the days when there was no such thing as television or computers. I'm not saying we should revert back to the dark ages, but we should take some time to TURN OFF ALL THE NOISE, talk or play a board game & focus on one another. Really listen. Nothing is worse than trying to get a load off your shoulders & receiving an "uh huh" in response.

To all those out there, technology; love it or hate it?

Of course I have time for your call!

What, Allison? Were you saying something? Ha, ha, ha, just got the funniest text about blah, blah, freakin blah!


  1. I just have to laugh Allison, you're blogs are great! I loved the last line
    "What Allison?..."

    I'm the tech hound/social media junkie in this house. I try my best to moderate. Thankfully, I don't have a laptop, yet. My computer is in my room (my sanctuary) so it's easier to separate "my time" from the attention and time that the girls, Mike and my house need. I do have my phone handy for twitter/texting, but I DO NOT have internet of my phone. I wish I did, but it WOULD be distracting. That's part of my reason for putting off my upgrade.

    Mike and I do "unplug" with the girls. We do have quite time with the girls individually to play games and read but our goal every day is to shut the tv off and play music. Anything upbeat or chill... Madelyn who's taste in music is maturing likes 311 (obviously) the Beatles, Nelly Furtado, Miley Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, No Doubt/Gwen, the Beach Soundtrack and whatever else she can dance her buns off too. Music creates an uplifting energy in the house. It one of my favorite times of the day!

  2. omg, you got me cracking up. But you are absolutely right! Matt doesn't seem to be as bad as, you know who, but I get the "uh huh" every now and then. It is very frusterating that he would rather be looking at a computer screen then listening to the brilliant things I have to say. =) Sometimes if I am texting too much, Matt will send me a text from across the room asking me who I'm texting. ha!

  3. Oh you hate technology? Really? How did you write this blog, via smoke stack? Get outta here!!! Hey thanks for the horrible representation of me by the way! BOOOOOO THIS BLOG ENTRY SUCKS!!!

  4. I'm gonna send you a Twit after I save this comment.