Technology: User’s Best Friend

Technological Friend

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This week’s reading and corresponding blog topic compare technology as being a ‘friend’ versus being a ‘tool’. However, the way I see it, technology (among many other things) is both a friend AND a tool. After all, with ‘tool” being an all-to-common slang term, haven’t you ever used the term jokingly to describe a friend, or negatively to describe a foe?

 

I love you, technology

Digital Friends

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We get frustrated with our friends. They often disappoint us, hurt us, and anger us. Sometimes, we even think we HATE our friends. However, no matter how bad things may get, true friendships are unconditional and eternal. Similarly, as aggravated as we sometimes get with technology, it is here to stay.

Technology most certainly meets the criteria of a true friend.

Technology is our friend for various reasons. Technology saves us endless time and energy, helping to expedite otherwise manual/mundane processes through automation and digitization. On the flip side, true friends help us to save time and energy through miscellaneous favors and general assistance.

Technology promotes efficiency and accuracy in information input/output. For example, if a user inadvertently attempts to submit inaccurate information, the techno-wizards will quickly put their heads together before flagging the information in the form of an ‘ERROR’ message. In parallel, genuine friends will correct us when we’re wrong, always telling us what we need to hear, even if it’s not necessarily what we want to hear.

Technology allows us to remain productive while “on the go”. Thanks to the wonderful creations that are mobile devices and Wi-Fi, we can complete any number of interactive tasks while away from home and/or the office. Though possibly a stretch in comparison, friends keep us accountable while we’re on the go, as friendship knows no bounds. A true friend is a true friend, even if he or she is in a different room, building, city/town/village, state, country, etc.

Perhaps most importantly, technology makes it easy for us to stay connected to friends across the globe. Imagine that! Technology, our friend, allows us to maintain and nurture our friendships. In other words, technology is a crucial, mutual friend that links us and our human friends.

Life is obviously much easier with technology than without. While the younger generation might occasionally take technology for granted, the rest of us surely recall what life was like before technology landed on Earth.

At the end of the day, we NEED our friends, just as we NEED technology.

 

My friend, the tool

My Friend, The Tool.jpg

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Personally, I refuse to classify technology as a strictly a friend OR a tool. Instead, I believe technology is simultaneously (and perhaps equally) both.

Merriam-Webster offers various definitions of ‘tool’. In the context of this topic, perhaps it is most relevantly defined as an element of a computer program (such as a graphics application) that activates and controls a particular function.

I believe this definition helps to mesh the ‘friend’ and ‘tool’ components of technology, which helps to facilitate execution and production through various means and platforms.

Technology is our friend. Technology is a tool. A friend can assist us in ways that a tool can. Now, let’s put them all together.

Triangle

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Posted on September 26, 2018, in Blogs, Digital, Social Media, Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Very fun analogy! I especially like the triangle image at the end. I think your description could also help people who don’t consider themselves technophiles or versed in techno-diction to understand the positive and negative sides of technology. We’ve all had friends who are perhaps too clingy (hello browser cookies!) or unresponsive or just plain not-good-for-us.

    You’re also right that we don’t have much choice in whether we engage with it or not. It’s here to stay, and it’s up to us as consumers/users to help pave the path to regulate it, and maybe build more lasting, mutually beneficial friendships with it.

    • Hi Amery,

      Thank you for your feedback. My apologies for the delayed response.

      It seems the common consensus here is that digi-pests will always find a way into our lives, so long as we opt to not live inside caves. Therefore, it is imperative that we continuously remind ourselves to consciously not allow such distractions to negatively impact our productivity or general well-being.

      I’m reminded of the old adage that “You don’t need to join every argument that you’re invited to”. Though perhaps a stretch in comparison, I’d say we need not expend our energy towards every tech-nuisance that tries to grab our attention. Instead, we can take basic precautions to eliminate current headaches while preventing future ones, though we shouldn’t let such an inevitability steal our joy.

      Thank you!
      Jeff

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