“Keeping up with the Joneses” -almost sure you have heard that saying. However, today we want to briefly ask you how well are you keeping up with technology?
COVID-19 And The Scramble
Just about everyone that you and I know has a smartphone of some sort. However, when it became clear that we are in for the long haul with this pandemic, the scramble started.
Schools began closing and classes moved online. The few students in my life are mostly based in Canada and they all have just about every technology you can imagine. As it became clear that schools would not completely reopen come September and many would stay closed, the scramble became intense.
This was true of not only schools. In fact, many companies even here in Canada had to convert their operations to facilitate working from home by their staff.
Keeping Up With Technology
Several business people that I know were ill-prepared for this transition. Many just did not have the capability or funds to support telework. What surprised me was the number of employees who are not up to speed with technology, aside from their phone, to work from home.
Our world was already on the technology road, the pandemic only sped things up. Something tells me that we are not going back at least not completely. So if you are one of those who need to step up whether as an employer or employee, now is the time to start keeping up with technology.
Its Place In Your Life
How do you feel about technology?
There are some advances in technology that I am sure will pass me but we are not at that stage yet. When it comes to everyday technological advances, it would be fair to say that at my ripe “old age,” I am still keeping up with the millennials. We have come a long way when it comes to the use of technological advancement. Yet, many are cynical about it.
“We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.”Jeremy Glass
Are You Checked In?
Our lives or that of a great many across the world are “checked-in” to our gadgets. So many are unable to do much of anything without phones, tablets, laptops, even or watches these days. The village has and continues to get smaller, yet:
“Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.” Dan Brown
We have to use these advancements to help make our lives better. there are many examples of how technology has improved the lives of many, including those with learning disabilities, the physically challenged, those living in remote areas with once limited access to resources such as water and many more examples.
Keeping Up But Maintaining A Balance
While you cannot allow technology to take over your life, striving for a balance is key. However, to thrive in today’s and tomorrow’s world you will have to invest time and money in technology. That may be in equipment or paying for sessions on how to use the ones that will help you at work or in developing your business or side gig. It is no longer cute to be technologically backward.
Long before we could have thought about the way technology would run our lives in the way it does now, Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us:
“But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”
Frankly, he was speaking the truth, yet at the same time, we cannot fall behind too much, become technologically poor if we hope to thrive in the new world.
Peace and Love,