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