I really love that this week of gratitude52 is about technology. Like, how wonderfully, ironically perfect. I’ve read at least half a dozen other posts and articles on the Australian chick since I posted my rant/reaction to it on Tuesday. People really are not letting this go. I’m strangely not surprised by that.
I think when most people rail against technology about how it’s ruining our lives or whatever, they’re thinking specifically about a very small subset of “technology” (namely, the internet and social media). Sometimes maybe they’re thinking about the machines that drill for oil and destroy the environment and okay, I can get behind that.
But in general, well, I freaking love technology. I love technology when I do laundry and can just dump my clothes in this white box and come back half an hour later and put them in another white box and come back an hour after that and only then do I get frustrated because I have to now fold them and put them away by hand. Where’s my clothes-folding robot?
I love technology when I fit the dough hook attachment on my KitchenAid because there’s no way in hell we’d ever have homemade pizza if I had to knead the dough by hand every time.
(I tried to knead bread dough on my own once and it was disaster. Then I kneaded pasta dough in a homemade pasta cooking class and it sucked. I still haven’t made pasta on my own and that’s only partly because I don’t have the right KitchenAid attachment for it <– oh look! more technology!)
I love technology when I’m trying to figure out what music I want to listen to while I’m working and Spotify spits out dozens of helpful suggestions.
I loved technology when I was in Europe and Facebook and Shutterfly made it easy for me to share the digital photos I took with family and friends back home. (So much better than when I went to Australia with a film camera and had to lug around two dozen rolls of film, plus the bulky camera, for two and a half weeks.) (Though I’ll admit there was something cool about not seeing the photos until a week after I got home. It was like an analog Throwback Thursday.)
I loved technology when I was able to virtually wait in line to buy Garth Brooks tickets and wound up scoring seats 18 rows back on the floor. Without that technology, I would’ve had to camp out at a Tower Records for a week or so to get tickets anywhere close to that amazing.
I really loved technology when I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee.
I love technology when I’m watching a Warriors or Giants game and it’s almost like watching it with my dad and brothers because we’re texting each other throughout the entire game.
I love technology when a new pair of running shoes helps to subtly correct my mild overpronation, enabling me to run farther and faster than I probably could otherwise.
I love technology when I’m trying to figure out a complicated new knitting stitch and YouTube has tutorials showing me exactly how to do it (though there is a serious dearth of left-handed knitting and crochet tutorials for anything beyond the most basic stitches. Like, what, if you’re a lefty you shouldn’t aspire to do anything more than knit and purl stitches?).
I mean, obviously “technology” (which is this hugely broad, almost undefinable term) has its limits and a healthy list of cons. And I’m all for “unplugging” from time to time, whether that means camping for a weekend (and even then, let’s give it up for the technology of easy-to-assemble tents and propane cook stoves and camelbacks!) or keeping my laptop completely off for a day or two or not using Instagram or Facebook for a week. I’m also all for doing things by hand or the “old-fashioned” way every once in awhile, to reconnect to where we’ve been and to feel properly grateful for the tools and technology we have.
But for all the value there is in figuring things out and doing things yourself, by hand — and there is immense value, for sure — I hope I never have to give up the technology I have available to me now.
photo via death to stock photo // cc // modified in photoshop