Hey everyone! We often talk about how technology makes life more complicated- how do you keep things simple, or how to do you use technology (gadgets, software, tools, applications) to make your life even simpler?
Share your answer with us- in Hub form! It's a great topic to go with if you don't know what to write about this week- we all have to interface with technology at some point or another, and we have all developed ways to use it (or cope with it) to our advantage.
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Most people who are serious about simplifying their lifestyle eschew technology. Thoreau wrote “I went out to the country so I could examine the simple things in life.” There is certainly something to be said for retreating to a quiet place, turning off the cell phone, and unplugging from the busyness of modern life. But does technology really have to control us or can we control technology? For instance, I’m not sure I would want to abandon my washing machine so I could wash clothes by hand! (For those who are wondering, I do actually wash clothes by hand on occasion.)
Perhaps in careful measure we can use technology to simplify our lives
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Wow Simone-- This is a tough subject for me. You (and Flora) make a super point when saying that technology can seem to make life easier, and for my generation (and older) it can also be our nemesis of sorts. I like this challenging topic, thanks! It seems I may just learn a few really cool Tech savvy things... Look forward to reading all the cool hubs to come here.
Technology is so great for so many reasons. I have seen it change so much in my lifetime and I'm not very old. However, I do have friends and family members who are addicted to the internet and video games. It is sad. It is one of those things that is a blessing and a curse.
Technology is definitely changing with each generation, i can remember when i was a kid there wasn't all the computers and stuff and we actually got out and so called played, whereas kids today are on all the computers and stuff and tend to be lacking in physical exercise as are we adults.
One could also write about... Managing emails Managing social media accounts Going paperless Useful sites for tracking finances, chores, etc... Useful smartphone apps Keeping in touch with old friends via social networks Tech that helps you save energy Tech that helps you live a healthier life The best gadgets for staying organized The best multitasking gadgets (to reduce clutter and simplify one's tools) Helpful group project apps, sites, and tools How to use group calendars (e.g. Google Calendar) How to use tech to plan parties and group events (e.g. using Evite, Facebook events...)
Tech can be used in pretty much any facet of life... both to complicate it (so you could write guides on avoiding that) and to make it simpler (so you could write guides on doing so).
Can I ask a very quick question, Simone/anyone please? Is a Hubber restricted to only one Hub per week on the topic? I have been pondering two potential ideas for the past couple of days and know that if I don't make a decision soon, I'll end up building neither. Just wondering if I could go with both...???
Thanks, SImone and K9. Unfortunately, I've been offline for a day and a bit due to an ISP fault in my geographical area. Frustrating to say the least but hope to still get at the very least one Hub published on this theme.
Sorry if we have switched to Chinese while I was out-- I am not much of a gadget person , but really like a computer gadget that seems to help me a lot. After searching HubPages, it seems that a couple of hubs have been written about it, and a few more mention it. Should I try anyway?
Simone, Is it okay to post a hub written a couple of weeks ago? I will have to think of another, but right now am still very enthralled with Skype and I published a hub about that Would it be okay to post it. Guess I kind of already did...sorry! Let me know!
Okay! This is about how Skype has helped us to keep connected with my son who is in the U.S. Marines during his deployments overseas. He most recently "skyped" us from an internet cafe in Greece. It takes two seconds to connect and we talk for free......check it out here:
This is an awesome Hub- an excellent example of how technology really has made life easier. You present a great argument, comparing communication with family overseas now to Vietnam and WWII. Keeping in touch really is profoundly easier
I second that! This is great!!! Assistive technology is fantastic, and a great example of how something VERY complex can make life easier. Also, I mentioned an article in my comment- how one kind got a car company to sponsor his prothetic hand- it's pretty cool! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ … James.html
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