We Don't Use Technology Too Much...
We use it incorrectly.
We hear a lot that people use their technology too much. They spend too much time on the T.V., they play too many video games, they check Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too much. We hear all the time that we need to spend less time on our devices.
I don't (necessarily) think we need to spend less time on our devices, I think we need to spend our time differently.
Rather than using technology for mindless entertainment, we should use it for meaningful creation. We should use it to learn, to grow, to create. We should use it to connect, to reach, to expand our horizons.
Technology gets a bad rap because most people use it to get more stupid and lazy. But technology has created amazing ways for us to create more amazing and beautiful things than we ever have before. It has given us the opportunity to acquire more amazing information than we ever have before. It has given us the ability to reach more people with the message of the Gospel than was ever possible before.
Now, there are some people who do need to use technology a little less and get outside a little more. Or spend more time with people face to face. (And I'm probably one of them.)
But rather than bashing technology, why not just use it differently. Take advantage of the fact that technology has given us the ability to do, create, and learn more than ever.
And don't be stupid with it. Understand that you need to be with people face to face and actually move around a little.
It's not the technology's fault that we are unhealthy. And the solution isn't to fall back 100 years.
The solution is to not be stupid.
Take some time to think about the technology you have and how you can use it to your advantage. Take some time to think about how you can replace some of that mindless entertainment with meaningful creation. Take advantage of the fact that there are people out there creating these devices with amazing software to make our world better.
Apple's latest series of ads for the iPhone, and the ones for the iPad, illustrate well what I mean. Check this one out, as well as the others linked below the video.
And this great ad from Microsoft (Yes, I can recognize something good from Microsoft.) illustrates some of the other amazing, more medical related, things that come from technology.
And you know what, here are some apps that I use to help me do, create, and learn more. (Yes, they are all Apple apps, because that's what I use. Some of them do have Android and Windows versions.) Check them out if you'd like. And if you have any questions about these apps, or would like recommendations for others, just let me know.
Todo Cloud - My set of apps for keeping track of what I need to do.
Scrivener - I use this for putting together long documents. (Including an awesome new thing I'm working on.)
Byword - I use this one for all of my writing.
If you are a Mac user, this podcast is great for discovering ways to use your Mac better. - Mac Power Users