How much technology do we really need

On July 9, 2012

How much technology do we really need

Every day, thousands of products are released across the world that, in some way or other, use some form of technology. There is technology involved in making these products and there is technology involved in using these products.

With technology moving at a rapid pace, it has become easier to mass produce large number of products within a short time span. Hundreds of thousands of products are manufactured every day to satisfy the ever increasing need for new technology.  

New always seems to be better and faster than the old. People are forced into believing that why having this new product will save their time, save their money, ease their work, or produce better results.   

The next time you go out to buy a new product just pause for a while and ask yourself this one question. Do you really need this product?

While answering this question be 100% honest to yourself. Forget what the advertisement says or what even your friends say. Only you can tell if a particular product is really, truly going to save your time and make your life easier.

We are already pushing the processing power, as much as we can, with each passing day. A great product isn't one that has a processor with maximum Gigahertz speed or maximum number of cores. A great product is one that actually contains software that utilizes maximum juice from such hardware.

So, don't get fooled every time someone tells you there is a new product out there that is twice or ten times faster than yours. The technology behind the product means nothing, if the software and applications it uses are not going to be actually much faster than your existing product.

It's easy to get disillusioned by external factors. But, a much bigger problem than buying a product you don't need is using it to do things that you don't need to do. Having a phone is not an issue. But, using your phone every 5 minutes to check for email/twitter/facebook updates is an issue and a huge waste of time. 

This defeats the purpose of the technology itself. Technology is a tool that should be used to make our lives easier, more productive and improve the quality of our life. It shouldn't be used like an addiction that makes us a slave to it and affects our relationship with each other and the society.

Moderate use of technology binds us together. Overuse of technology separates us from each other. You know where some distant friend is hanging out right now, but you don't know how your best friend is feeling today.

Calling some one you know and care about is making the right use of technology. But, reading each and every new post on facebook/twitter from every person, some of whom you have met just once or not even once in your life, is a misuse of technology.

Being a developer it's my job to sit whole day in front of a computer and do my work. But, if you don't have such kind of job then you don't need to be constantly sitting in front of your computer or using your mobile throughout the day.

There is much more to life than spending it mindlessly, consumed with overdose of technology. Use technology in moderation and if it really makes your life simpler and productive.

Instead of listening to 10 songs a day, just for once, take a break and try changing your habit to listening to only one song in a day. Believe me, you will enjoy the experience much more this way.

The same thing applies to every technology product that you use for your leisure activities. Watch only one TV show per day; spend less time on social networking sites; stop surfing useless sites that don't make your life better in any way.

Slowly, you will automatically figure out the right amount of time you need to spend with these technology products. The right usage of technology will definitely change your life for the better and you will appreciate technology even more than you do now.

But this will only be possible, if you start with asking yourself the question- How much technology you really need?

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