Technology Changing Our Lives!
What are computers doing to us and has it changed our lives? As technology change . . . . we find our lives evolving into a world where it is almost impossible to live without a computer. We are now paying all our bills online, ordering movies online (netflix) and our primary way of communicating with friends is online (hello . . . I am a blogger). Ten years ago, I would have never thought “this” is what our world would be like that we lived in! This morning I saw a post from Tonia on insomnia and for some reason her post has been on my mind all day long (which has involved into this post). Before computers took over my life. . . I never had any problems sleeping and I was always awake before the birds started singing! I find it harder and harder each day trying to fall asleep, which has resulted in the desire to sleep longer! Do I have insomnia or is it my many hours of being on the computer just screwing with my brain??
Another technological change is how we find information! If you want the answer to anything, you just google it! Ok, we don’t google everything but only a few years ago I would spend hours and hours looking for an answer in my library. One journal would lead me to the next journal and then I would be off to the next journal article! If you were lucky . . . you would find the article that helped answer your question and maybe you might ask another question (then do the whole process over again)! Today, all I need to do is a quick search in SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive) and within second I have a pdf of every article that mentions “the bird song of the Northern Parula”! I took me forever to build my research library into something that any naturalist would be proud to own but have our libraries become useless over night?
Photo of me and my library; by Jennimi
I like to think that I promote on this blog the importance of being outside and enjoying nature (in all forms)! Reality check is that I need to be listening to my own words and spend more time with nature than worrying about my stats or any new updates in my RSS feed! I have also started reading (with a real book) before going to bed and it has greatly helped my eyes (and brain) settle down before falling asleep! Yes, I have started waking up early again but instead of going for a hike (like I use to), I now check my email or anything new that is in my RSS feeds! I guess changing back doesn’t happen over night! It is important to remember that although technology has changed how we live . . . we still need to connect with the important times away from the computer! ~ The hardest part is admitting to our obsession and actually starting to remember what our priorities really are! With those times away from the computer . . . . we will have many more great things to blog about!
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