Does technology free us or hold us prisoner?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Does technology free us or hold us prisoner?I have seen many arguments on both sides of this issue. There are those that claim that technology has set us free from the constraints of a physical workplace.

And there are those, like me, that truly believe that technology has created a universal workplace from which there is NO escape.

I understand that the Genie is already out of the bottle and that we cannot go back to the way that things were before the digital age. I am NOT a Luddite. I was an early adopter of the personal computer and wrote program code for many applications.

But when there is no “OFF” switch, burnout come quickly. There is so much more to life than text messages and Bluetooth calls.

Technology has eroded patience and courtesy. Manners are an anachronism that have served their purpose and outlived their usefulness.

I don’t like the direction in which we are all too eagerly heading.

I do not like it one bit.


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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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I think that the last time I did that was 1984! Thanks.


I prefer someone to pick up the phone and call me, because it does not require me to be proactive to receive a communication. Thanks for jumping in, and hope that you enjoyed all of the racing over the weekend.


I think that I have turned the corner and don't want any of it! lol and thx.


There are those that say that our generation doesn't "get it." Yeah, all we did was invent the stuff. Thanks.

May 28, 2012 10:22 PM #5
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Richard, I'd have to say, "Yes" to both.  It's funny, I have I have a love/hate relationship with.  If we're together talking and discussing their real estate needs, I love them.  If it's done through social media, email or texting, I hate them (not really).  They are not good at the impersonal use of the technology tools.  They are very good at one on one communication.  

May 28, 2012 10:23 PM #6
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Yes Richard.. a major addiction.. Not sure what it will be like five or ten years from now. It can be annoying at times.. but i don't think most of  us are going to give any of it up soon.  i'm headed to get an Ipad in June... yes technology.. can't life with it, and can't life without it.

May 28, 2012 10:23 PM #7
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

I have to agree with you.  We are in a have to have it now society, including information and "stuff".  Not only is that culture inherent in us, it's in our kids as we look around and see that they are always plugged into are we.  

The sad part about it, is although we are all connected, it's like everyone feels they are in their own world.  Terrific post Richard and I couldn't agree more.

May 28, 2012 10:27 PM #8
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Somehow we survived without them ... but we always had current technology... television ... ah yes, a grand bit of technology when I was a kid! Thanks.


Every day I start to believe more and more that I CAN live without it!!! Thanks do much.

May 28, 2012 10:29 PM #9
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Richard, No doubt patience has been lost.  Don't return a call within 15 minutes??  Maybe even 5?  You're OBVIOUSLY not responsive to my needs.  I'll call an agent that answers they're phone.  What, you were with another client and you give them your full attention?  Too bad.  Now that said, I love being able to find out who guest starred in Gilligan's Island episode 37 in a few minutes instead of having it knock around in my head for days! Bill

May 28, 2012 10:53 PM #10
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Richard you have certainly hit a home run with this one.  Gadgets can be a double edged sword for sure!  How do we live with them?  How do we live without them?   

May 29, 2012 12:11 AM #11
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Richard - seems clear that we must all embrace technology to stay competitive - it can become all encompassing though and we still need to find time to be real estate agents!! Regards, Dave

May 29, 2012 12:43 AM #12
Rich Gaasenbeek
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM - Toronto, ON
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!

Hi Richard. I think it can set us free OR hold us prisoner, depending on the type of technology and how it's being used. For example, my company, IXACT Contact, offers a real estate contact management solution. In many ways, it facilitates more Realtor face-to-face time with clients because one of the main benefits/ uses of the system is to schedule and organize yearly and monthy "keep in touch" acitivities with contacts...

May 29, 2012 12:57 AM #13
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
It's such a double edged sword! Sometimes I love the ability to "work" from my yard while I garden....sometimes I really need to totally unplug from being forever available. And sometimes I love the convenience of sending a quick text message....and sometimes I really miss being able to just sit and talk with someone - so much gets lost in electronic communications it seems.
May 29, 2012 01:24 AM #14
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Richard i think you have to chose not to be technology slave. I often find myself driving and fumbling for a phone number. Then I think to myself this can wait 10 minutes. So the beast is there . Harness the beast and do not let him harness you

May 29, 2012 02:37 AM #15
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Oh so true.  While it may be hard to get the technology genie back in the bottle, there is still no excuse for lack of courtesy in anything.

May 29, 2012 02:42 AM #16
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I was just thinking this yesterday.  An agreement was emailed to me on a listing on Memorial Day.  I was okay negotiating it over the phone but at the end of a long sun drenched day, I had to shower and go get it signed on what should have been a day off.  No way around it.  If I didn't have the technology all around me and my smart phone by the pool, I wouldn't have know about the offer until today, at which time, I would have worked on it.  When there's a possibility of income, you have to take it, but boy did I want to put my pj's on after a long hot day and go to bed early!

May 29, 2012 03:59 AM #17
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Hostage with out a doubt.  I feel this way everytime i figure some tech issue out and then it gets changed

May 29, 2012 06:09 AM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Richard, while I hate to admit it, I am becoming a prisoner of my I-Pad! 

May 29, 2012 01:05 PM #19
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Relaxing is essential, I agree. Especially getting away from the all of the hustle and bustle of the latest gadgets. It's easy to become addicted to things like smartphones or tablets, even if you can claim that you don't need them. They are surely very convenient, but we can't let our lives be run by material things.

May 30, 2012 01:39 AM #20
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Richard!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

Jun 03, 2012 01:00 AM #21
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

I try to look at and use technology as something that saves me time and money.  I resisited using docusign/authetisign for the longest time.  Now I think it's the "BOMB" and can't imagine how I did business without it.

Jun 03, 2012 07:06 AM #22
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Richard, If you really feel this way, what are you doing about it?? Margaret
Jun 03, 2012 12:34 PM #23
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Richard, yesterday was my son's high school graduation. I had turned my phone off during the service. A client was texting me trying to reach me. I never responded. I was determined to have a day just for my family. Technology does make our life easier but it gives client the sense that they can contact us anytime day or night. The negative side of easy access.

Jun 03, 2012 01:42 PM #24
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