There is no lack of technology and creature comforts at our fingertips. And in many ways, these things greatly improve our quality of life. But what is the cost when they become our way of life?
Technology is great. We have devices in our pockets that will map directions to an unfamiliar city, tell us the forecast in that city, compile any information we want to know, and even call someone around the world.
Technology makes life easier and more efficient in many ways. And it also comes with a cost.
More is not always better
Technology gives us access to information and stories around the world. While this allows us to become a global community, it’s also taxing to the soul.
For instance, our heart breaks for individuals across the globe we have no practical means of helping.
We were never meant to process grief and pain on such a global scale.
Being overly informed comes at the cost of emotional fatigue. We have little energy left to connect with those closest to us when we stay so involved with the world community.
Convenience also comes with a loss. For example, meaningful conversations and interactions are missed when I can just search online for whatever information I desire.
Technology “saves” us from having to solve meaningful problems together. All too often we turn to our devices for life’s questions rather than to each other.
Overly depending on technological convenience comes at the cost of losing meaningful connections with others.
There is nothing wrong with keeping up with the latest in technology. The key is staying aware and not becoming so tethered to our devices we’re blind to the cost.
Occasionally unplugging helps us to wake up and reconsider the role technology plays in our life – to count the cost.
Exercise your freedom. And don’t let the convenience of technology overburden your soul or rob you of meaningful connections in your life and relationships.