The Personal Side of Technology
~ What I Really Like About it ~
I could go on and on about what I like about technology as it relates to my real estate business. No doubt you could as well.
And I could grouse about quite a few things, too – people wanting instant responses and late at night, emails and texts that don’t go through, unforeseen downtime at the worst possible moments, inability to connect to the Internet, spam, hackers, malware and adware, and viruses, to name a few.
But there’s a side of technology I really like. And that’s the personal side.
Ignoring the fact that personal communication has changed dramatically and become more impersonal and even lacking with the growth of technology - people spending time on their smartphones rather than joining in conversations while sitting at a table, or taking calls and responding to texts at inopportune times - there are some aspects to today’s technology that I really like.
Take the ability to take and share personal photos in just a few seconds. Oh, remember the days when you had to wait to get your film processed, and get the photos back, and only then could you enjoy them or even share them…by snail mail with family members.
It took many days, and it was expensive! And the same with videos!
Today we have hundreds, no thousands, of photos of our family and the grandkids, as well as other family members, events, vacations, and so much more that we can readily enjoy over and over and share with each other and other family members and friends.
Our daughters both have Tumblr sites (private, of course) for keeping photos, videos, and quotes and commentary (you know kids can say the darnedest things) as their kids are growing up.
They literally have a chronicle of daily life of their kids growing up that we can also enjoy even though we are not there – the first bath, the first time they sat up, birthday milestones, the first steps, the first bike ride without training wheels (just the other day for the 4 ½ year old), the funny and touching moments all families have. In the past these previous times would only have been available to those who were there in the moment.
Facetime is a personal favorite, too, shared at least once per week but often multiple times…moments in real time enjoying our kids and grandkids face to face. Of course the little ones don’t appreciate it the way we do, and tend to do their own thing rather than sitting there chatting with us, but we get to enjoy them as if we were there.
No, it’s not the same as face to face for the personal touches, hugs, kisses and interactions, but far better than going weeks without seeing them. One does have to wonder how that generation will look back on these times, and the recorded memories of their young lives, plus the interactions via technology.
Any thoughts, pro or con?