What Would You Do Without Technology?

I gave a poll question today to my 8th grade computer class using polleverywhere.com. I asked the students first what they would do if there were no technology available to them: no cell phones, video games, iPods, tablets, computers, TV’s, etc. Their responses were pretty interesting (considering the some of them can be very dramatic):

“I would kill myself”.
“I would be fine”
“I would die.”
“I would be okay as long as I had books”
“If I had grown up not having technology, then I would be okay because I would have no memory of it.”

Interesting responses. While I made sure to tell them that while it’s never funny to say you would kill yourself or that you would die, I do think I see their overall point:

For many of us, technology is our lifeline. It’s our oxygen. We feel like we can’t live without it.

What does that say about us?

A culture that is literally wired, hooked, shall I say addicted to technology so much that we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if we didn’t have it in our lives. I think there’s a word for that — wait, that’s right, it’s called idolatry.

While technology is only one thing that we keep a firm vice grip on, there are many other things that we hold on to…perhaps getting our priorities mixed up with what’s really most important in life.

Family.
Relationships.
God.
Memories.
Friendships.
Coffee 🙂

I think coffee deserves to make the list, don’t you?

– Frank

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