Sucked into the technology vortex

For many of you this is probably not news. For me it’s life changing.

Is this our destiny?

During the past few days I’ve been getting acquainted with my new Android tablet (Motorola Xoom). I notice already that another technological advance is altering the way I live. It’s making me less capable of doing basic things and making me more dependent upon technology.

When I was a kid, at the time when hand held calculators were first becoming commonplace, my father was capable of doing square root calculations in his head. I never learned that skill. I didn’t need to, there were calculators.

Since then a series of technological advances have taken place. Each one changes the way we behave and weakens our ability to perform certain tasks natively.

It used to be normal for me to stand up to change the TV channel …

I used to be confined to a radius of about three feet when making a telephone call …

I used to be able to type a document and get it right the first time through (although it took a little longer)  …

I used to read a physical newspaper in the morning …

I used to go to the store to buy books and magazines …

I used to be able to find my way around town without a device telling me where I am …

AND NOW with the latest device to come into my life I’m certain many more modifications to my native skill set will take place
This is a good thing, is it not ?

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