Why I Love Technology

Why I Love Technology

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I’m proud to be a girl geek! Computers have fascinated me since the 80s and I know that as long as I live, technology will always play a huge role in my life.

As a creator, I need technology to mix with my crafting, writing and photography. But, I also can’t ignore all the connections I made that otherwise would have been difficult or impossible.

It’s so cool how certain things can bring you together with strangers. ORMG, my first foodie blog, got me started with social media. From there, web design and now crafting. I also use technology to keep in touch with friends and to work my day job with the organization based in Florida. I find it so amazing how much tech has grown that you don’t need to live in the same state as your employer.

Another huge advantage is education. You can earn degrees online, you can learn by visual aides, i.e., YouTube, Vimeo, etc., and you can find articles written by experts in just about any subject of interest. It’s blows my mind! And it’s changing quickly, the increase of mobile technology for example.

I know not everyone embraces technology 100%. Some people won’t use it to shop, email, or get on Facebook. I understand how they feel, however… I must also say that in a way, it’s not good to abandon technology altogether and I’ll tell you why. The world has changed from biblical days till now in many ways. 

Think about some of these advances: 

  • Transportation from foot to horseback/buggies, ferries, trains, airplanes and cars 
  • Electronics from radio, black & white TV, mail delivery, inventions, record players/cassette tapes, floppy disks to CDs/Blue Ray, mp3 players to tablets, Apple, Android
  • Communications with writing letters with ink and delivery by horse and carriage, carriers to eMail, texting and to social media
    Rotary dial to touch tone / phone booths & operators to cell phones (analog to digital)
Why I Love Technology
Why I Love Technology
  • Candles, Kerosene lamps to electrical lighting (regular light bulbs/lamp shades, LED, puck lights, fairy lights, holiday lighting, nightlights, in different wattages, etc.)
  • Fashion trends have changed over the years and now it’s not uncommon to shop for clothes online
  • Processes, rules, laws change (homeownership, food and gas prices, public/private schools, taxes, even how we complete contracts, etc.) 
  • Paperless bills
  • Mainframes to personal computers to laptops, tablets, mobile phones
  • Card filing/rolodex transitioned to Cloud Computing (Dropbox, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Google DRIVE, etc.)

None of these accomplishments would be possible if someone didn’t have a dream of making life better and took a chance to invent these tools and methods.

And with every new generation, the old things are forgotten and if we don’t change with the times, we get left behind making it difficult to integrate. When we won’t learn how to use the new technologies, the old skills become obsolete. For example, take a look at the days of developing film and dark rooms and how that transitioned to digital photography.

Some businesses who didn’t grow or were too late to catch up with new technologies actually shut down. The competition was just too far ahead of them and there was no way they could compete. I did work for a company that this happened to and it’s been closed for years. So, I always say it’s a good thing to keep up with the new versions of software/hardware and upcoming technologies.

Why I Love Technology
Why I Love Technology

Another advantage is the wealth of information that’s available at our fingertips. Remember the days of the encyclopedia set. Not many homes were without these. I remember it was some years before we could save up our money to buy a set. But when we did, mom was proud to have it on our bookshelf.

Now with the internet, there’s the access to read books online with audiobook apps. We can Google any subject and then there’s Wikipedia. I’m thankful that books are a dead art and that there’s will Books-A- Million, Barnes and Nobles + there’s Amazon. And let’s not forget our local libraries! And, people who don’t have access to a computer can use one at the library or at most of these places, bring a mobile device and hook up to their Wi-Fi service or hotspot.

Online Shopping

One thing that really kicked technology up a bunch of notches was the global pandemic. Businesses, employers and industries had to find ways to weather this storm using technologies. That meant we had to shift the way we do our personal business. So now we can shop for groceries and have them delivered right to the front door, buy from online platforms like eBay, Mercari, Amazon and many other auction sites.

We can purchase handmade crafts and art from online sites like Etsy. There’s sites that help you build an online presence in a day like Squarespace, Weebly or Wix. If you want to sell items online, there’s Spotify, Ecwid which is easy to set up for anyone not a techy but if you are, then there’s WordPress and Woocommerce.

Overcoming the fears of doing things Online

The down side is that there are viruses, adware/malware and bad people who look for ways to hack websites, Facebook profiles and create viruses to highjack computers. But, believe me there are safeguards out there to combat that. More and more developers and programmers have stepped up security in a big way to keep us safe as we are doing more online.

Even with all the positives, I do think that if technology takes over our lives from actual real life experiences, then it’s not a good thing. Remember to step outside and breathe some fresh air! Don’t keep your head buried in that phone while walking! LOL

Technology has literally changed my game over the years and when it’s working well, it really is a great helper. How do you use tech? Tell me in the comments!

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.