Let me be perfectly clear from the outset – I am not against technology, change, AI, transformation or the steps we take into the future. Also, I’m sure many of you will take issue with some of my points that follow – remember – truth is not what you or I think it is but – what it is. But let me also be clear that I believe that not all of these advances will improve humanity’s ability to deal with many of its core issues such as; conflict, separation, loneliness, uncertainty, decision making, inner peace, fear, the need for love and acceptance, life meaning and purpose.
Trust me – your latest iPhone version, Facebook connection and iPad app are not going to solve your issues of patience, the need for control, stressors, but let me guess – at this point I have lost a large percentage of people who started reading this article and came to the conclusion that I am out touch, living in the past or just don’t get it? For you folks check back with me in a few years and let’s chat about how technology (i.e. Android and iPhone app development services in USA) has improved your overall life and its fundamental desires, needs, and challenges. For the rest of you who have an open mind, let me share what I believe are the positives as well as the negatives of our gradual addiction to any device or technology in general that we feel is vital for our existence and the ultimate achievement of our human purpose on the earth.
The age-old questions for thousands of years that have still not been answered – where did we come from, why are we here and where are we going still plague most of humanity and yet every year more and more technological progress is made.
Yes, technology may make some cures more successful and rapid, it may improve transportation and our ability to more quickly grab information that is vital and valuable. But consider – stress is still increasing, the divorce rate is the same as it was in the 50’s. “Or, how about suicide rates among those 35 to 64 years old they have increased 28 percent (32 percent for women, 27 percent for men). The greatest increases in suicide rates were among people aged 50 to 54 years (48 percent) and 55 to 59 years (49 percent).
Why? There is more technology and information available today than at any time in history. Isn’t it helping? How about obesity – more than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese today. Adult obesity rates are highest in the United States. Obesity rates are projected to increase dramatically by 2030. Got an iPhone that will solve that?
Let me add before I forget what I believe is an important factor – one of the most critical things vital for success, happiness and inner peace is not information but wisdom and yes, information is a valuable contributor to wisdom but if you rely only on it – sooner or later your information will not benefit you but contribute to your life chaos.
You might think at this point I’m being negative but no matter where you look – in some segment of society technology may have many advantages but it isn’t solving many of life’s critical issues and trust me it never will.
There are more books, YouTube segments, motivational speakers, psychiatrists, life coaches available today than at any time in history and yet we still have many of the same problems people have faced for years such as; impatience and how it leads to stress and then death, conflict and how it leads to separation and loneliness, fear and how it contributes to illness, uncertainty and change and how they lead to insecurity.
Had enough of the negatives? I know I have. So, Tim what’s the point of this article – what are you trying to say? Glad you asked. Let me briefly share what I believe are the basic causes and some simple solutions.
Before I do, however, I want to go on record – during my career, I have been a big advocate and supporter of books and studies by some of the world’s most trusted futurists, trendsetters, and thinkers who were sharing their insight, research and wisdom with the world.
There are some basic human needs that have not changed for thousands of years and are still relevant today – in no order here are just a few – the need for control, the desire for acceptance, answers to some of life’s critical questions, the fear of uncertainty, the concern of conflict and its impact and the need for connection. Yes, there are others but let’s just briefly discuss these as they relate to technology and its benefits and or drawbacks to dealing with these.
Ever been to a social media site and seen an old flame, buddy or friend who was now more successful, wealthier, better looking or more connected or famous than you? How did you feel – glad, envious, sad, jealous – something else?
Ever received an email or text from someone wanting to end a relationship?
Ever gotten lost cause your GPS lady was in a bad mood? Just kidding but I’m sure you get my point. Yes, Android and iPhone app development companies in USA has and will continue to solve many of life’s challenges and needs as it continues to advance but my question is simply – are you letting it replace the human element in your life, relationships, career or business?
Do you spend more time on your iPad, iPhone or computer than you do talking with or to – friends, spouse, employees, children, customers or friends? Statistics now say that the average person spends between 6-9 hours a day looking at a screen!!! I’ll let that speak for itself.
So, the answer – just a brief look at a few things to consider.
Words are important – Mark Twain once said, “if there is no malice in your heart there can’t be malice in your words.” Words matter – the ones you say to others and the ones you say to yourself.
Intent is critical – There are two types of intent – real intent and stated intent. Know the difference? Simple one is what you say and the other is what you do.
Beliefs are the foundation – Everything you decide, do, say, feel and have or don’t is the result of your foundation of beliefs. If you want something in life to change – you have to start, there.
Validation or self – People who make life about service to others have a greater impact on society than the world of “selfies”.
Gratitude vs. ego – People who come to life with gratitude and appreciation live longer and are healthier than those who don’t.
Everything is perception and mindsets – No one looks at anything the same. Everything you think, believe, feel, decide is driven by your mental interpretation (perception) of others, circumstances, and life.
Closeness and connection – Yes, solitude is valuable, but no one wants to spend all of their time separated from others. We all want, once in a while or more often, to feel the human touch.
Humility is the difference – You will never be the best looking, smartest, most clever, best, wealthiest etc. person in the room. Yes, maybe once in a while but it will all depend on which room you are in.
Conflict is normal – Why? Because we all have our own personal version of – right and wrong, good and bad, smart or stupid etc.
Change is constant – Change has been happening for over 150 million years and it will never stop. But consider, it is happening faster and faster every day as we move into the future and this trend will not end.
Uncertainty is everywhere – nothing is certain. Oswald Chambers once said, “The only thing in life that is certain is its uncertainty.” Period!
Fear is a choice – There are only two emotions – love and fear. Love comes from a position of positive while fear comes from a position of negative.
Character matters – Who you speak so loudly. What you do means more than what you say.
And finally, spirituality – You believe in God and a higher power or you don’t. But, let me ask you – what would the world be like without a higher power governing human’s existence, progress, and behavior? Just look back over the past two hundred years of all of the evil that has existed. I ask you – if these people were able to dominate the world – what do you think life would be like today?
How is technology i.e. Mobile app development services‘ technologies improving the above? Think about it. Yes, it may make positive contributions but are they the answer or do we need something else to ensure that human relationships control the quality of life and not robotic thinking and acting?
Yes, there are more and if you want to become familiar with them and their impact on life – just spend some time using technology to research the consequences of technology and change – you might be surprised.