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Don’t over tech when simple will do by Judson Laipply

No one can argue that an airplane may be the most advanced technological piece of equipment that normal people (non NASA) use. One look inside the cockpit and you will see an array of computers and instruments and a dizzying display of tech. On the plane itself flyers are equipped with iphones, ipads, ipod, ipees, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, PSP, DSs, Wii, Us, Thems, Kindles, Sony Readers, Noise Canceling headphones (which ironic enough don’t cancel out sound), and so much more. There is enough tech on an airplane to open up a sky high Best Buy.

Yet for all that power, for all those advanced features when a plane lands and pulls into the gate do you know how the agent meeting the plane let’s the flight attendant know it’s ok to open the door? The knock. A good old fashion rap on the door says it’s safe to open up. No phone call, no text message, no light display, just a knock. Simple as that. There is no need for anything else.

So the question is, how much do you over tech? I will be the first to admit I love me tech. I have enough Apple products to start an orchard but none of them will every come close to the joy of sitting with friends. I can send emails and text messages to people all day but never get the same feeling as a phone call or face to face conversation. Technology is supposed to enhance out lives and sometimes that means not over using it.

Tell me – what piece or type of technology do you over use that maybe you don’t need to?

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  1. You are so right! New technology is especially dangerous. When I first started using Twitter on my iPhone – well, hard to disengage…

    Nothing beats the real person interaction. That is why all of these gadgets come with an off button!

    Comment by Eliz Greene — May 20, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  2. Too true! I’ve been dragged into the Facebook world, so I posted (for as long as FB permits such things) Virgina Satir’s quote about hugs. Like this:
    Dragged kicking and screaming into a medium that damages social relationships more than people realize..

    “We need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance, and twelve hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir

    “Tango helps.” Linda

    I notice that, as society becomes more technology oriented, there is a greater desire for tactile objects, hand-made crafts, and emphasis on connection. How we forget that humans are made for connecting without an intermediary!

    P.S. I dance social Argentine Tango; it’s about connection, trust, respect, and having those qualities with the other dancers on the floor as well as with your partner. -That- is why it is important to me.

    Comment by LInda — January 15, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

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