Technology: A Double-Edged Sword

“The computer in your smart phone today is 1,000,000 times cheaper and 1,000 times more powerful than the computer at MIT in the late 1960’s. That’s a billion fold increase in price performance of computing since around 1968.”

Writing a blog post from a phone isn’t new. It’s been easy to do for the past few years, yet this is my first post using my smart phone. Writing a book from smart phones and tablets is also possible. The possibilities with computing and phones are increasing every day.

Use technology responsibly

Communication has become so easy that I expect people to get back to me within minutes. I expect it because that’s usually what happens when I send a simple text. Do you miss the days of only having a home phone and answering machine? Sometimes I wonder how people made plans without being able to send a quick text or email with a cell phone.

The amount of time responding to texts, emails, and phone calls with smart phones has increased for most of us. Having access to a smart phone definitely gives people a competitive advantage in business. Yet it still has its drawbacks. If you expect people to get back to your texts within minutes, you probably also feel pressured to get back to someone sending you a text within minutes. This can create a feeling of anxiety about not having your phone with you 24/7.

People give me dirty looks when I’m actually doing research, responding to important business texts, and responding to work emails on my phone. What they need to keep in mind is this: phones can be used for games and pointless texts, but they can also be used for important work tasks. Technology has always been a double edged sword. You can be very productive and constructive with technology, but you can also be very unproductive and destructive with it.

For example, there is an excellent company I recently began helping around

Leonard-McDowell protects your valuable information with cutting edge software.

Indianapolis, IN called Leonard-McDowell. They help protect small to medium sized businesses with the newest, cutting edge software. One of these is ePArmor, a software that specializes in protecting your valuable information from well-funded hackers. With 3.5 million social security numbers and 387,000 credit card numbers stolen from South Carolina last month, it’s something we all need to take seriously.

Being productive and constructive with technology is the way to go. Phones, computers, softwares, and any other technology should be used to make the world a better place.


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