Technology Versus Dumbology

I’m a big fan of technology and all the things it does to make our lives easier, but I’m also completely aware that relying on it too heavily can turn a person into an idiot that wouldn’t know the first thing about survival if some force suddenly turned the lights out. I don’t think there are very many people who find a balance between using their technology and being self-sufficient.

One example is the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find your way from your house to wherever it is you’re trying to go. Using a GPS, it’s amazingly easy to get from point-A to point-B with very little fuss. Take that GPS away from some people and they wouldn’t make it out of their driveway without getting lost. They somehow forget about those old-fashioned things people used to use to find their way around the world: Their brains… Assuming those people have brains. Your brain should lead you to use things like maps, road signs and your ability to discern direction in order to get where you want to go. I know this next suggestion may be a rough and tumble time for some people, but you could also try asking a person familiar with the area about getting to where you want to go. It’s crazy. It’s weird. But it just might work.

I’m saying you should know how to use your technology and you should use it whenever you can, but for every task where you use technology to make that task easier or more convenient, you should also know how to to do without all those technological crutches.