The world has changed, in some ways it has got bigger but yet it has got smaller. Regardless of international time zones, communication from one country to another has never been easier yet, in contrast, these very technologies have also made our world bigger connecting us instantly to more people in more places and to an awful lot more information. How do you see all this panoply of technology, as friend or foe?
It seems the biggest worry for most people is how to keep themselves and their families safe. It’s no longer a question of not talking to strangers and locking the front door at night, the challenges have changed and as the first generation we don’t exactly know what the rules are. When we were children, parents could confidently set ground rules regarding the use of the landline and when and at what age their children could go out alone. The challenges were straightforward, understood and across entire communities parents were probably all making similar judgements, they could base it on what thousands if not millions of parents had done before, what their own parents had decided for them when they themselves had been young. But today? How can a parent decide solely through experience when to let their child have a mobile phone or their own email account? Those things probably didn’t even exist until those parents were all adults!
It’s a little crazy and people seem to veer from one extreme to another, some view the Internet and associated technologies with distrust and suspicion and avoid it at all cost whilst others jump on any passing bandwagon with carefree abandon. Personally I would advocate a more balanced approach, somewhere in the middle, my rule of thumb is if you don’t need to use it then don’t. It may be all your friends (or your children’s) have signed up for some great new service but do you really need to use it? Anyhow, if you give it a while, the creases will be ironed out if it’s still around and as popular which means you’ll have less headaches when you start using it yourself.
It seems that patience can indeed still be a virtue in this hectic-paced modern life of ours. We just have to choose which bandwagons we’re prepared to ride and why.