It can be difficult to understand when we are using our cell phones, computers, or tablets and just how much power they have on our lives. So let’s start with a simple question.
I don’t understand the extent to which most people’s cell phones and computers have impacted their internal controls. This is a controversial topic and there are a lot of misconceptions about this.
Basically, most of us use our cell phones, computers, and tablets to do things we wouldn’t have done otherwise. Think of the number of times you’ve called your friend to text or called your sister to get some info. I’ve had my own cell phone with several different apps on it that I use to do things that would be impossible if I didn’t have to use my phone.
I’m sure some people are still using their cell phones and computers as their primary means of communication, but most of them are using them in a way that is less than ideal. The fact is that these devices, once they are connected to the internet, impact our ability to do things that are not ideal. Our internal controls are constantly monitoring them and we can only do so much to prevent us from doing things that would be impossible using a traditional phone system.
Cell phone use is not the only thing that has to be changed. And this is where the difference between the “good” and “bad” sides of technology can become so clear. In the good world, things like text messaging are a way to stay in touch with loved ones while on the road. In the bad world, text messaging can be a way to stalk somebody or do something so dangerous that they would rather not have your company.
For the good people, cell phones are a form of social insurance because they allow you to be with your friends and family for hours at a time. They allow you to talk to your favorite TV show, the next vacation, and the latest episode of The Simpsons. They allow you to keep in touch with a loved one who needs you badly, and they allow you to send a message to a friend who cannot receive it.
Technology has also made us more selfish. We may be constantly connected, but we are also rarely alone. Technology has allowed us to do things that have never been done before. For example, we may not like some of the ways people are able to stalk and manipulate us, but we find ourselves being more willing to do it in certain environments.
The downside? We now have a greater ability to be more self-serving. Technology has also allowed us to do things that were previously unthinkable. We can be more aggressive and ruthless and even think that we don’t want to be hurt. Technology can also be used for good. Because there are fewer things we want to do, such as eating or drinking, we have the potential to give a bit more of ourselves to others.
Well, one of the problems of technological change is that it may make us less self-aware. We may no longer know what we want to do, but we sure as hell have more of it to do. That’s an important point, because it’s easier for us to be more self-serving than it is for other people to be self-aware. When we’re not self-aware, we’re less able to control our own behaviors.