Thursday, January 14, 2010

Technological Adultry

According to this recent article, 1 in 5 divorce petitions list Facbeook as one of the reasons for the dissolution of the marriage. When I read that at first I chuckled because it seems facebook is always in the news for something. But the more I thought of it, it made me think of the new reality of the world we live in. I’m a big fan of the potential facebook brings to our lives. It’s a great way to stay connected to friends and family…in fact, think of what this will look like for younger generations. I’m sure most people will have it at an early age and could build life-long friend lists. Older folks (like me) add people along the way and reconnect with some from the past. If you wonder what your friend from 6th grade is doing, you punch up their name and are able to see photos, updates on their career, and probably some very current information from their status updates.

This also can lead to information overload. With the newsfeed function, you may not have talked to that friend from 6th grade for 10 years, but may be able to piece together small pieces of their life (like how bad traffic was this morning, how much they love American Idol, etc) or more significant things happening…this information may be overwhelming when you get 200 friends….then 500…then 1000…then 10,000…..etc. And when you get that many friends, how much time do you spend “checking in” on them….if you have hundreds, that obsession with checking their statuses and such can start being a large amount of time that you are not able to connect and communicate with people who are in close proximity to you.

So, what’s my conclusion? Be careful! The statistic at the start of this blog about divorce is very real and could get worse as time goes on….and this is just one statistic. There are other potential evils (taking up too much time, obsessions with updates, information about you out there that may not shed the best light on you, etc).

This past summer I had the pleasure of visiting some relatives who live in Texas. My one cousin has been in the computer industry for many years and been very successful. As we were making small talk, he was telling me about his business travels. I asked him what type of technology he uses when he travels. I was expecting him to pull out the latest/greatest smart phone or other tech gadget. He said, “I don’t have any. I’ve been working with technology and computers long enough to know that there are many bad things that come from them.” At first I was a bit shocked, but I then got to thinking about it and applauded him for his honest look at technology and his professional/personal opinion on their dangers. Again, be careful out there!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The age old question growing up was always, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I remember never really knowing or wanting to commit. It seemed there were about three or four options: fireman, policeman, teacher, pro football player. That "unknown" continued for me as it does for many students as they go to college. As we used to say at orientation, "undecided is our most popular major for freshmen students." Where am I going with all of this? Take a moment and read this article on the current job satisfaction rate.

I know in times of a rough economy, many folks are thankful to just have a steady paycheck. But I think this article is a reminder that as you think about how you want to make a living, take some time to really think through it. It's easy to go for the "top dollar" types of careers...but if you are not happy, is it worth it? Yes, every job will have parts that are not fun or that aren't as enjoyable, but hopefully your current or future job is something that is satisfying for you.

Just some food for thought and a reminder to find joy in whatever you makes stuff a lot better in the long run