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Tired of Technology

Woh, for a tech blog, that’s about as cynical and ironic of a header as you can get, but it’s true.

As much as I feel some days like completely deleting all those many social profiles I’ve built, wiping out all my websites, blogs and comments across the web, tossing my laptop in the trash, turning off my internet and going outside and taking a walk, riding a bike or climbing a mountain and never looking back, I really am integrated and my very livelihood depends on “staying connected”.

If I have any readers out there that follow my blog you’ll have no doubt noticed I’ve been MIA and have been pretty much dismantling, retiring or selling off a lot of my projects. While that simply makes sense as I spend more time on CyberChimps and other projects I’m involved in, it also has a lot to do with me just not feeling very passionate or inspired by technology in general lately.

Technology, at this point, is completely saturated and saturating everything else in our world. From people talking about every personal detail of their life on Facebook, to the instant gratification of people mind-dumping on Twitter, to going outside anywhere public or even sitting at a restaurant only to find everyone staring down at their iPhone texting instead of engaging in the real world, to parents instead of plopping their kids down in front of the TV are slapping an iPad in their hands, I should hope it’s enough to make most sensible people feel nauseous and take a step back and take a look at what this all means as our world evolves.

There are so many social networking sites now, and for my own sanity, I can tell you, that I do not use one of them, not a single one in any personal capacity whatsoever, nor do I even have an iPhone. As the professional Bryan Hadaway, sure I have all the stock social profiles and sure for the various projects I run, I’ve given theme their obligatory Facebook and Twitter pages, but I don’t get on Facebook and Twitter to chat with friends and family or share pictures of my food.

My friends and family actually find it quite curious, that me, being the “computer guy” am actually less connected than any of them. The answer is simple, I stare at this god forsaken laptop every single day for work, when I leave the house I don’t want to bring with me an iPhone (which is just another computer) every where I go. I want to disconnect and be in the real world.

As a tech-savvy person, I think the novelty of it all has worn quite thin and I instead start to see a lot more of how technology is hurting society (as much as it helps it) with the NSA watching and listening to and reading everything we do, new ways for people to hurt or rob one another and the impact it has not only on people inside their homes, but on the outside too.

The innocent days of kickball are gone. If you walk onto any playground in America I’m willing to bet you’ll find kids sitting on swings staring at their phone instead of actually swinging. Not only that, the days of children naturally learning and discovering the world around them are pretty much non-existent, everything good or bad they ever wanted to know about is just at their fingertips before they’re nearly mature enough to properly process all that information.

I’m 27-years-old, I still have a lot to learn, but my generation watched the transformation from almost no one having internet or a cell phone (not even adults) to everyone having internet and a cell phone, and watching each year as the average age for kids to have a cell phone got younger and younger; watching as technology (aka convenience) increased, critical thinking, independence and exercise decreased. To put it another way, the more technology we have, the dumber, fatter and less empathetic we’re getting.

I’m growing tired of the faceless, toneless, emotionless, uninhibited conversations that take place online. I’m tired of only having good and kind intentions and still being perceived as rude and somehow offending someone because they’re applying whatever tone they’re creating in their own mind to apply to my words.

I’ve seen so much blatant pettiness, ignorance, rudeness, sarcasm in online communities that no sane person would dare exhibit in real life, in front of other people. I’m tired of rewarding the lowest common denominator behavior of people downvoting things they do not agree with instead of intelligently communicating their thoughts or making fun of things or people on YouTube for their own lack of capability to empathize or understand outside of their own selfish closed-mindedness and then receiving praise from others for it.

The internet really is quite a grotesque place at times where people can hide behind their computers and pseudo-names and take no responsibility for their behavior, and by doing so drive up the popularity and stock prices of these corporations that often view consumers as nothing more than scarecrows stuffed with dollar bills.

It’s absolutely a love/hate relationship, because believe me, I spend a lot of time online, I make my money online and don’t think for one second that the irony of the fact that I even have the privilege to have internet in the first place in order to then go on to essentially bash that very technology escapes me. To that point, I suppose it really isn’t technology that’s the problem, but how people are using it and the unhealthy addictions it’s creating.

Being tired of technology is very much a first world problem to have, but that’s where I live and those are my thoughts.

PS: I’m tired of all the commercialism and even the stupid, obnoxious ads that I have on this very blog. But, that’s one way technology benefits me, making a living.

My love/hate of tech is at about 50/50, where do you stand on the subject?

Thanks for reading, Bryan

  • gabriel

    Well said, I appreciate not only the clarity of your observation but

    the sincerity with which you speak, that somehow you are maintaining a

    hold of your authenticity and life force despite being positively

    submerged in an abstract disassociated temporary dreamworld that has

    been hijacked in a million ways by the corporate luciferan shit show

    and a pervasive mono-cultural, one dimensional social playground. I

    wonder about different ways technology can be utilized for genuine

    communication and collective maturation. I actually have a lot of

    faith in the potential of the internet and technology and it pains me

    that it’s just being commandeered for the next level of social

    engineering. Things are changing very fast. I think it’s wise of you

    let anything go that doesn’t resonate with the truth of who you are,

    that doesn’t pour forth directly from the very ground you stand. All

    this stuff becomes so much meaningless appendage, but maybe it doesn’t

    even deserve judgement. You can play the game and still come back to

    what matters, to what is real; you can live here and now. You know

    this is all going to come crashing down sooner or later. Just don’t

    forget how to live and how to get along with others.

  • H. Raven Rose

    Wow–love this post. As the other commenter said, “Well said.” It’s quite sad, yet true that we humans are becoming increasingly disconnected from our bodies and Souls, and emotions, as we plug our mind and beings (near constantly) into technology. I don’t know where my love/hate ratio with the techno revo is at. I do know that, like you, as a person who earns her living almost exclusively online, I am looking to integrate all of my brands (to simplify, and make more effective) and minimize my technological experience. #thanksforposting

  • Greg Tracy

    I like your article… sounds about right to me. As an owner of a technology company, I hate technology about 50% of the time. I wrote a post with similar theme a few years ago.

  • Bryan Hadaway
  • Ch

    I’m mostly tired of how isolating it is. No more going to rent movies and actually talking to people in the movie store, no talking to cashiers since they are automated, no talking face to face or even in voice because of texting and Facebook. It’s getting very lonely.