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Balancing Technology with the Human Touch

Updated on August 17, 2015

Technology is an entity that you cannot live with, yet cannot live without. It is both a boon and a bane.

Technological advancements have shaped life in many ways, for better or worse. No one can refute that there have been great strides in all business industries because of it. It has helped humans reap personal and social benefits.

Used wisely, it has great potential. The key to managing it lies in balancing it in all aspects of our lives.


A Voice for Technology

Progress has made technology a necessity. For a start, it points out more efficient ways to approach tasks. Advancements in computer technology have allowed students to learn without leaving their classrooms. It has automated the mundane work of human workers, freeing them up for other projects.

Technology promises greater excitement. The graphics, videos and eye-catching images lend excitement to learning.

It arouses a lackadaisical student's interest in studying.

Technological advancement is cost-efficient. Machines can create more output than humans. This results in cost savings, which enables companies to invest in other areas of their business.

It promotes innovation and stretches a person's creativity. Ebay, Zazzle, Amazon and Esty are online platforms for people to create their own businesses. Kickstarter, a source for crowd funding, allows creative people to generate funds for projects. This even leads to employers creating more jobs.

People have benefited socially from computers as well. In earlier years, expensive phone calls were the only way to communicate with a loved one who lived overseas. These days, Google Hangouts and Skype allow you to contact them instantly. Video conferencing even allows you to see them in real-time.

To add, it has made life more convenient. Transport is faster, with computer-controlled subway trains. With mobile phones, there is now no need to search for pay phones.

Computers and smart phones are a source of entertainment. They grant access to games, videos, music and social networks. Boredom is a thing of the past.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology

Why technology is a bane

These boons having been acknowledged, there is a flip side to technology. Life needs to progress, but humans need to make improvements with these drawbacks in mind.

It creates a state of dependency. The more technologically advanced society becomes, the more reliant it becomes on all forms of technology for its existence. A case in point is how uncomfortable most people feel if they are away from their cell phones for too long. They become debilitated without their devices. Being less self-reliant puts them at a disadvantage.

Technology creates incidences of social isolation. People are spending more time playing video games than speaking to their loved ones. When people do interact physically, it is only too common to find their eyes focused on smart device screens.

With many tasks now automated, human workers are losing their value. Businesses either downsize or invest in other areas of their operations. Job loss is an overwhelming possibility.
Technology, while a great necessity, is also a source of destruction. Since the advent of the atom bomb, it has spawned other weapons of mass destruction. In the wrong hands, they devastate.

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Balancing technology with the human touch

The concern then, is finding a balance in technology use. You need to marry technology with the human touch, and can do this in a few ways.

The first is to have a technology use policy for your family. Designate the devices that your family will use, and have a monitoring plan. To regulate your child's technology use, set clear consequences for its abuse.

Stay educated about the latest technology, so that you can place yourself as a proper role model for your family. Children are technologically savvy, and are more aware of developments than adults are. Parents need to stay in the know about the applications that are appealing to them, to decrease the possibilities for misuse.

Create technology times and zones in the home. Make the dinner table a place for conversation, and ban technology from it.

Spend time away from social media. While Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest may seem like relaxing hobbies, they can become a strain after a time. Everyone should make it a point to take technology breaks periodically.


Balancing technology with the human touch allows us to make the best use of it.


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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Star Trek told us a lot of these things decades ago, but nobody listened. Now we hear it from each other, and sometimes it doesn't make it any more real or easier. It is appropriate that you brought this up, as I see so many people texting instead of talking. How sad is that?

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Certainly balancing technology will keep life alive. With the overuse of cell phones and video games the youth in our society are slipping away from personal contact and the use of social skills.

      Well done Michelle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting topic. I want to believe that many of us who grew up without the current technology could function quite nicely without it....I want to believe that, but I'm not certain it's true. :)

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      Duane Townsend 2 years ago from Detroit

      Excellent observations Michelle...great topic and Hub.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You chose a great topic to write on, Michelle. It is a bit scary when you think about how dependent our society has become on technology. We certainly do need a balance. Good food for thought!