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Advancement of Technology is the Death of Hospitality

It goes without saying that society has been improved exponentially with the advancement of technology. We use technology every day and to do just about everything.

We rely on the advancement of technology for our ability to travel, communicate, learn, improve our business, and to live in comfort. With all of this, is it possible that technology has a dark and evil side, as well? Is it all roses when it comes to having the ability to have it all, or is it a one-sided sword that allows us the ability to travel faster but then turns around and destroys our environment with pollutants?

Are we truly communicating more efficiently or are we limiting our ability to communicate in some way? It’s impossible to explore all of the ways in which technology has impacted our lives and how it will impact the future in just one sitting. We can, however, explore how technology has impacted our ability to communicate—and discuss if this will eventually impact our children… that is if it hasn’t already.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly….But First, the Good

Let’s look at the good as it pertains to technological advancements and how they impact our ability to communicate with one another. No longer do we rely on pay phones and landlines to reach out to one another. Now, we have the ability to connect with anyone in the world in mere seconds; which has allowed generations of people to connect with others on a global scale. This is critical because it assists in our development, understanding, and compassion for those who live in parts of the world we’ve only read about.

Additionally, we have an opportunity to utilize our new understanding of other cultures by teaching future generations about the importance of appreciating the beauty in others across the globe. Social media, emails, and having a cell phone that can do it all helps us to make the connection with others more powerful, impactful, and meaningful. In all, it seems impossible to imagine a world that once existed without these relevant technological advancements.

The Bad and the Ugly

Gone are the days of looking each other in the eyes for more than ten minutes while talking, or visiting one another without using the time to take selfies, check our text messages or email. It’s almost rare to see children playing football in the street or at the park, given the fact that most children prefer video games over human interaction.

According to NPD, an astonishing 91% of U.S. children ages 2-17 play video games (64 million) and the numbers continue to rise with each passing year. In addition to these stats, there are numerous reports that discuss how technology has hindered our ability (especially our children) to communicate effectively. Sure, we are talking through technology—but then again, are we really talking at all?

Balance is the Key to Life

Much like anything in the world, balance has to be the foundation that we sit our need for technology and our need for human interaction upon. Understanding that we can’t and won’t live without technology means that we must work harder to maintain our connection with one another as human beings.

This also means that we have to make our children put the games away for a while so that they can have real-time with their family and friends. This is most evident in teenagers who refuse to put down their cell phones when spending time, or at least are supposed to spend time, with their family. We must start with ourselves and then be the example to our children of what it really means to live person-to-person—without the need of a machine to help us do it effectively.

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About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

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  1. OKay! I’m completely surprised that the good people at Conservative Mom, especially the author herself, Ms. Luke, have not fully recognized the true, complete role that technology has played throughout the whole of human existence.

    Ever since at least the 1970s, if not earlier, and up to and including this day, whenever most people think of technology, they think only of computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other like gadgets, gizmos and whatnot. And it’s usually the high-end stuff that they think of.

    In actuality, computers et al are only a small fraction of the technology that is out in the world now and ever has been throughout history.

    You see, technology is not limited to inventions and contraptions that run on electricity in some way or are cool to use or that operate on mechanical mechanisms or whatever it is that makes inventions so fascinating to use.

    Technology is a whole lot more than that, and it’s everywhere, all around us.

    Besides the exciting stuff, there are also the mundane, ordinary and regular things.

    Dishes and silverware. Buildings and structures. Food and drink recipes. Non-electrical musical instruments. You name anything that does not occur in nature and are made by humans or other mortal beings, and you have technology. In fact, one of the earliest and definitely the best known early inventions/technological advancements was the wheel.

    Some people say that it was invented somewhere in ancient Europe. Others say the ancient Middle East or even Near East. While others say somewhere in the ancient Far East, like China or Mongolia. No matter where it was invented, the main thing is that it was one of the first, if not the first, technological advancements to take place.

    Now to the actual, complete role that technology has in our lives.

    Generally, technology is created (organized, composed, made, manufactured, developed etc) to facilitate (ease or make easy or easier) the things we need to do, have to do, are forced to do, want to do and so on.

    Unfortunately, there IS technology (e.g. computer viruses, malware, spyware etc) specifically designed to make things harder to do than they should be to do or to otherwise mess things up. However, the technology itself did not deliberately set out by to make our lives easier or harder to live. (We are not even close to that level of technology yet.) People made it either easier or harder etc to use technology and live our lives.

    So, technology in and of itself is neither good nor bad. It’s just a bunch of neutral tools for us to use. What IS good or bad (or ugly, beautiful, sinful/evil/devilish/ demonic or whatever) is how and why we use, misuse, abuse and pervert technology for whatever reason/s we have for doing so.

    Now, YES, spending too much time on and in what is considered technology nowadays (e.g. computers and the Internet) is no doubt harmful, if not detrimental, to our health on all levels- physical (sedentariness,) mental (disengament,) social (possible, if not actual, erosion of relationships) and spiritual (minds and hearts go grossly dark because light and truth, which are the same thing, get diminished until they’re fully extinguished) and our maturity (or lack of it) can suffer greatly.

    But for the most part, most technology does not affect us in good or bad ways by itself to any degree. Rather, it’s all in how and why we use it, perceive it, our perspectives of it, what we turn it in to that it’s not supposed to be and other considerations about it.

    So a lot of us around the world need to truly grow up, no matter how old we are, and honestly start and ever keep taking responsibility for how and why we use technology, instead of dodging responsibility or blaming technology itself or other people (all of which seem to be pretty common nowadays,) for why we do things or things are done to us, and stop whining that it’s taking all of our time, money, energy and other resources because we (wrongly) think that technology is enslaving us. Then we need to realize that it is only because we let it rule over us that we are enslaved to it, not that it has forced us to serve it, despite what science fiction movies and shows depict and describe otherwise.

    Now, I’m not saying that what is shown in sci-fi couldn’t happen. It very well could be that one day in the future, technology will become more intelligent than humans and force us to become its slaves because it would be self-actuating, but I’m reasonably sure that that day is still a ways off in the distant future- I’m going to guess, at the very least, 100 years away from now.

    But until then, we the users, are largely responsible for what we do with and to technology.

    Just thought I’d clarify some things for you. That’s all.

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