How is technology changing our experiences? Further reading on the effects of the “digital now”

I watched this TED Talk and it was quite interesting to me. I think, however, that our self-control when it comes to technology is like everything else, remembering that in the end, we all have a choice – a choice to use and embrace technology or not, a choice as to how often we use it, a choice about what we use it for, etc. For example, I realized one day that my basic math skills were terrible even though it was the subject I did best in when I was in school. I admitted it was the result of me being spoiled by a calculator at my fingertips (literally, it’s on my phone which I carry everywhere). So, I stopped using the calculator and started doing math in my head or with a pen and paper. It’s all coming back to me now. I made a choice and so can everyone else but don’t blame technology – it’s our fault if we allow it to hinder our lives.

TED Blog

How long have you been staring at a screen? Chances are this is not the beginning of your day on your mobile device or computer — and it’s very unlikely to be the end of it. You reading this blog post is only a moment in your digital day, nestled among Facebook updates, Twitter posts, Tumblr reblogs, YouTube videos and, of course, more articles. [ted_talkteaser id=1856]You and I are operating in what today’s speaker Abha Dawesar calls the “digital now,” a stream of time that is parallel to the present, but also in competition with it.

It’s becoming increasingly harder to pay full attention to the present, says Dawesar, a novelist. In this poetic talk, she looks at the dangers of our time- and space- warping technologies and what exactly happens when we blur the lines between the past, present and future.

“Technology has altered our flow of time…

View original post 710 more words


Please share your thoughts or questions.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s