Amidst the CES madness, I find myself in a weird spot. How much technology is too much? How connected is too connected?
I recently finished reading a novel by Gary Shteyngart. Anyone else who has read Super Sad True Love Story will understand what I mean when I say Shteyngart delivers a very poignant warning message to his readers about the pervasiveness of technology and our inability to live without it.
At one point in the novel, the “stuff” hits the fan (so to speak), and characters lose their ability to connect. Let’s just say, they don’t handle it so well. Nor would I! … and nor would you, probably.
Of course, I do not agree with those who say that technology is bad, that it’s poisoning our society, that it’s degrading our values, etc., but I do sometimes wonder where we should draw the line—or at least where I should draw the line in my own personal life.
For instance, choosing to “practice safe technology” while driving or putting down my iPhone (maybe even ignoring a game of Words with Friends), so that I can enjoy a device-free dinner with my husband. On the other hand, I have no problem using a Bluetooth-connected thermometer to cook my meat to perfection, or turning on my Wi-Fi-connected photo frame to watch a slideshow of pictures as we eat.
This week, as techies from all over the world descend on Las Vegas to celebrate innovation, new devices, and game-changing connected solutions, some will wonder if we’ve gotten too far ahead of ourselves. Others will simply clamor for more.
The question of too much connectivity will never go away. But weighing the pros and cons, I think that with a touch of personal responsibility, I choose a connected world. What about you?