Dependency {on tech}

Really – what is your dependency {on tech}?

For anyone that has followed our “evolution” over the past decade here at Hoboken411, you might have detected a change over the last few years.

The almost entirely “anti” technology stance. Particularly with social media and mobile devices.

But today, I’ll explain our experiences specifically.

Turning off is NOT the end of the world

dependency-on-technologyIf you haven’t read it – see our Tech Code of Conduct post. If you have read it, please re-read it.

Making technology your “crutch” is a slippery slope for sure.

The more you invest in or rely on it – the more you become dependent on it.

Repeat that a few times in your head.

Think about how that affects you “down the line,” if you become super-dependent on it.

You become functionally useless without it.

Observe those around you

The insatiable draw any mobile device has these days blows my mind.

Try this out: Take a drive on ANY major highway in NJ, NY, CT or PA.

Almost 90% of the time – in a vehicle with more than just a driver – THE PASSENGER IS HEADS DOWN.

On the phone. And sometimes I catch drivers fiddling around with their phones as well!!

What the fuck?

I’ve mentioned this in the past. That the time spent traveling between point A and point B is a valuable lesson for the human mind. Even if they are dull or repetitive. They give REAL WORLD data for your synaptic pathways to digest. Three-dimensional visuals, you get the point.

And the fact that so many regular Joe’s are just connected to a slate of computer chips, LCD screens, and Lithium battery packs is astonishing.


Your Tech Code of Conduct – what happens?

I wanted to elaborate a bit on what happens when you nearly completely “unplug” from the external influences.

I get interrupted NEVER. I am with myself and content. My mentally perceived path to and from remains UNTOUCHED. What a relief that is.

Not only do I truly “observe” the world around me – I’m also probably 10000% more aware of any potential dangers to my well-being. Including bad drivers, rouge wheelchairs, and nutty VR goggle-wearing dopes. I have the ability to avoid catastrophe better than most lost in a digital world somewhere.

But we are not entirely absent of technology. Still have that nice desktop with multiple screens, full-size keyboard, and a comfortable, quiet office. But the line in the sand for us was compartmentalizing this tech. A time and a place. Not ubiquitous. I feel there is value in that approach.

So how dependent on your mini pocket computer are you?


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