Saturday, April 30, 2011

Technology has not Enhanced the Internals

Eric Slate for Adbusters reflects that the more 'connected' we are, the more detached we become.

"Technology is supposed to free us from the shackles of work and give us more leisure time. But it has proven to do the exact opposite. A 2005 Leger Marketing survey for the technology newspaper Computing Canada found that the majority of people feel technology has meant more work and less time with the family. Whether it's cell phones, Blackberry's, video games or email, we have become a culture enslaved by our electronics."

He quotes Gerald Celente, the director of Trends Research Institute,

"Humans are being trapped in a high-tech cycle that is freezing their minds away from living in the moment, looking at life and taking in what's around them. While technology has radically altered the externals of life, it has done nothing demonstrable to enhance the internals: moral, emotional, philosophical and spiritual values."

It's interesting to think about the ironies of this connectedness amidst all the latest technological developments.