Internet technology is quickly evolving and becoming more powerful. It’s exponential development. I think that just as exponentially as the power of technology is increasing, so too is my love for it and its potential. Unfortunately, so too is my hatred of it. I suppose that I’ve always felt that as technology evolved, it would eventually make things easier; the frustrations that I experience with technology would lessen. However, as technology grows and develops, the opposite seems to be happening. I use technology virtually all day, every day. Although there are numerous and enormous benefits provided by the technology I use, it seems to be a constant stream of frustrations as well. I am constantly aware of a pressure to keep current in an environment that is a constant torrent (pun intended) of revolutionary tools, widgets, gadgets, and applications. At times, I even find myself admiring the few people I know that have managed to avoid today’s Internet and personal computer technologies altogether.
I think that I loved technology the most when I was a single young man with much less responsibility. Keeping current with technology takes an immense amount of ‘play time’, and in those days, I had a lot of time to play with emerging technologies. Now, I am older. I have a very full life. There are things in my life now that are far more important than ‘playing’ with technology. I am a teacher. I am a husband. I am a father. There is nothing more valuable and important in life than family and the time I spend with them. This just makes keeping current with technology even more frustrating. Of course, I’m not so sure that I would be able to live without many of the advantages that come with the technologies that consume me. And so it will continue: my love/hate relationship with technology.