I think it's safe to say that, in our modern world, everyone has an individual and complex relationship with technology. We're all experiencing the growing pains of uncharted territory, as computers, phones, and the internet continually revolutionize experiences from the everyday to the extraordinary. Unfortunately, it can often feel like every step forward also brings regressions, and what's good for some is not always good for others.
I'm interested in hearing about the ways that technology works for you in your life, both the good and the bad. Some guiding questions:
- What's better in your life because of technology? What is worse?
- How does it impact your career, hobbies, and interpersonal relationships?
- Are there tradeoffs you have to make for incorporating or ignoring tech for certain tasks or aspects?
- Are there areas in which you hope for the increased presence of technology?
- Are there areas where you actively keep tech out?
- Do you think that the problems created for us by technology are design flaws in the tech itself, or are they merely a mirror for pre-existing issues at the human level?
I know "technology" as a term is very broad, but I've intentionally left it that way because I want people to self-select the things most important to them, whether that's their computer, the internet, a phone, an online platform, an assistive tech device, etc. Also, don't feel obligated to list out every piece of tech, as it's gotten so prevalent to be almost omnipresent. Instead, just focus on the things that have a significant impact on your day to day life.