Weekly Topic Inspiration: Using Technology to Simplify Your Life

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  1. Simone Smith profile image94
    Simone Smithposted 7 years ago

    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.

    If you'd like to join in on this week's topic by writing a Hub, follow these steps:

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    I look forward to seeing what your tips and tricks are!

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    1. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      this is ironic, because while technology can simplify your life, it can also complicate your life too. It all depends upon how you use it.

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Precisely!

    2. profile image46
      jenniforposted 7 years agoin reply to this

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      1. profile image46
        rngnomanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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

        http://thinkingmattersacademy.com/

      2. profile image46
        diagnoserposted 7 years agoin reply to this

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    3. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 7 years ago

      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.

      Cheers~
      K9

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I hope you have fun with it! I figured it'd be fun to have a sort of double-challenge with this week's theme- finding ways to make life simpler AND writing something good! Hehee!

        1. K9keystrokes profile image93
          K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          As part of the HubPages community, fun is the only result! wink

      2. Denise Handlon profile image89
        Denise Handlonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol

    4. melodyts profile image55
      melodytsposted 7 years ago

      Yes i definitely agree that technology is very useful to mankind however if it is use inappropriately it will bring great disadvantages.

    5. Katya Drake profile image60
      Katya Drakeposted 7 years ago

      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.

    6. bornblond8dg profile image59
      bornblond8dgposted 7 years ago

      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.

    7. Mrs. Menagerie profile image93
      Mrs. Menagerieposted 7 years ago

      Great topic and a timely one.  Here's my 2 cents...

      http://mrsmenagerie.hubpages.com/hub/Wh … Phone-Apps

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        A "find my niece" app may well be worth it? I enjoyed your hub plenty. Easy to get to links, and a super good story!  cool

        1. Mrs. Menagerie profile image93
          Mrs. Menagerieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Do they make a 'find my niece' app and where can I get one?  Hahahahaha!

          1. K9keystrokes profile image93
            K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol

      2. Denise Handlon profile image89
        Denise Handlonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for breaking the ice on the subject, Mrs. M.  I've got my thinking cap on...in case anyone smells something burning. smile

        1. Mrs. Menagerie profile image93
          Mrs. Menagerieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Haha!

      3. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Hahaa- this is fantastic!  Those find my phone apps can be quite useful indeed! And LOL@ find my niece apps big_smile

    8. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 7 years ago

      New Technology can rattle the nerves of an older generation. This is my take on the topic...cool

      http://k9keystrokes.hubpages.com/t/28122d

      1. Denise Handlon profile image89
        Denise Handlonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good hub, smile

        1. K9keystrokes profile image93
          K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          wink thanks Denise!

      2. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Fabulous Hub- and great title too! I'll have to share this with a bunch of people I know can benefit from your shared process and insights. Thanks for writing this!

        1. K9keystrokes profile image93
          K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Simone, it was truly from the heart! Hey, and I really appreciate the share!

    9. melbel profile image96
      melbelposted 7 years ago

      Any ideas for this topic? I love writing about technology, but I'm afraid I'm at a loss in this one.

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        New technology built into homes
        New technology for parking cars
        New technology managing infant safety
        New technology for eldercare
        New technology of food production
        New technology in home appliances

        Hope these help?
        Cheers!
        K9

        1. melbel profile image96
          melbelposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Man, you're on that! Thanks!

        2. Denise Handlon profile image89
          Denise Handlonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          smile  cool--thanks for the prompts.

          1. K9keystrokes profile image93
            K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol Yooo-betcha'!

        3. WriteAngled profile image81
          WriteAngledposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I have this in my car, but despite getting a CD and manual chapter about it, I still after one year do not understand how to use it...

        4. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I've heard about these cars that park themselves. VEry expensive, but you would avoid fender benders and no more parallel parking issues.

          1. K9keystrokes profile image93
            K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            The "self-parking" technology for cars is really amazing...now if they could just create one that can follow a grocery list!? wink

    10. Simone Smith profile image94
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing those ideas, K9keystrokes!

      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). smile

      1. Denise Handlon profile image89
        Denise Handlonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good ideas, Simone, smile

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Wow! Now that's a list Simone!!
        ...and it was my pleasure to share a couple of little ideas.

    11. Gordon Hamilton profile image98
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago

      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!

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oh, definitely not! Write as many Weekly Topic Inspiration Hubs as you please!  I would love to read BOTH Hubs!!

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Gordon, the more the better! It is always great to add high quality hubs to the weekly topic, and yours will be VERY welcome! I can't wait to read your stuff my friend.

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image98
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. K9keystrokes profile image93
            K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Looking forward to it Gordon!

    12. Rochelle Frank profile image95
      Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

      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?

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Couldn't hurt to try, eh?  If you're not much of a gadget person, perhaps you might write about which gadgets you *do* use without going gadget-crazy!

    13. RedElf profile image90
      RedElfposted 7 years ago

      I have only six email accounts to manage right now - think I'll take a shot at that one. big_smilebig_smile

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Wow! Six! That's one hefty number! I'm looking forward to this one!

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Six!? I feel dizzy....

    14. prektjr.dc profile image86
      prektjr.dcposted 7 years ago

      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!

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It might give us some inspiration- do share it with us!

        1. prektjr.dc profile image86
          prektjr.dcposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          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:

          http://prektjr-dc.hubpages.com/hub/Usin … -Our-World 

          It has made my life so much easier!!

          1. K9keystrokes profile image93
            K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Nice hub. What a great way to keep in touch with your overseas family! New Technology is surely reducing the distance between loved ones. cool

            1. prektjr.dc profile image86
              prektjr.dcposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              K9,  It really has.  It has been a blessing for us!  Thanks!

          2. Simone Smith profile image94
            Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            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 big_smile

    15. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years ago

      If just published my thoughts on this topic. I've taken a different angle than anyone else so far and have written a poem about how technology makes life simpler:

      http://florabreenrobison.hubpages.com/h … ife-Easier

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        What a fun poem! And you're sinister, eh?  Left-handers ROCK!!

        1. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          sinister indeed.  I'm glad I live today and wasn't my grandparent's generation

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol This was a "grinner" for sure! Very cute. Thanks for the unique twist to the topic.

        1. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          glad you enjoyed it

    16. Cari Jean profile image94
      Cari Jeanposted 7 years ago

      Here is my hub on how assistive technology can help students who have disabilities. Even though some assistive technology is complex, it makes these student's lives much easier.

      http://carijean.hubpages.com/hub/How-As … sabilities

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Cari, this is a VERY helpful hub. So many cool gadgets for assisting disabled students these days. I think it's cool that you offer some financial options for acquiring assistive devices. Good stuff! lol

      2. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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

        1. K9keystrokes profile image93
          K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Fantastic story! What a heartwarming (and fun) challenge this kid proposed!  I would love to meet such an intersting young man. Two thumbs-up for the the big car company! cool

    17. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 7 years ago

      Hi all. I decided to do something different. I don't now what to call it but it involves the past, present and the future. Maybe like three ghosts of Christmas?

      http://cardisa.hubpages.com/hub/Pursuit … Technology

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Awesome Cardisa! So much cool information from past and current times. Couldn't stop reading this hub.

        1. Cardisa profile image91
          Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks K9, I really appreciate your comments. Thanks so much!

      2. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah! I love the context and perspective this Hub offers smile

        1. Cardisa profile image91
          Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Simone, I appreciate it!

    18. Nell Rose profile image92
      Nell Roseposted 7 years ago

      Hi, this is my contribution. as usual I go off on a tangent so to speak! I have asked the question, is our modern mind advanced enough for all the fast moving technology?





      http://nell-rose.hubpages.com/_3irgbjxg … Human-Mind

      1. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Fascinating Nell. A truly artfully presented hub. I like that you have so much to say about the mix of history and current thinking. You pose some chilling concepts to say the least. Great job! cool

        1. Cardisa profile image91
          Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, really fascinating and well written.

        2. Nell Rose profile image92
          Nell Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks K9, I mixed up my two favourite things, technology and archaeology! lol can't get more different than that, now If I lived back in ancient Egypt with a laptop computer, I would be so happy! lol

      2. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It is a very important question to ask, and I think many more folks are asking it!  It's a fabulous Hub you've put together. Technology + archaeology = FUN!!

    19. sophia911 profile image57
      sophia911posted 7 years ago

      I do not use Apple Iphone Seies , and blackberry . My cell phone just just a phone call anyone , even no message .

    20. FloraBreenRobison profile image57
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 7 years ago

      A couple of people have written in the question section possible subjects for this week-or another week's-weekly topic inspiration. Not sure when the choice will be made, but I think we are all waiting with baited breath.

      1. Cardisa profile image91
        Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I can't wait, I so like the weekly challenges!

      2. K9keystrokes profile image93
        K9keystrokesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, looking forward to the next weekly topic inpiration!

    21. Simone Smith profile image94
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago

      Well then, here it is! http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/80929#post1744418

      This week's new topic is disaster preparedness.  It was suggested by Dave Powell, and it's a great topic to write on! I hope y'all join in on the fun!

    22. profile image0
      mtsi1098posted 7 years ago

      looks like I missed last one but I will keep the hub anyway :

      http://mtsi1098.hubpages.com/hub/adword … Technology

     
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