5 Things Your Parents Never Taught You… About Technology
If your parent is a "Baby Boomer," as a young child, you probably weren’t raised around technology. What a wonderful thing! To some degree.
The world of technology is a dangerous realm for those who are uneducated in how to use it correctly. Most of us learned so much about technology on our own that we were the ones teaching our parents about it. By the time tech started to be widely used by parents, children were grown up and using technology like pros.
Technology users have adopted their own way of thinking about technology in terms of how to use it, and how it's been allowed to use us. So if you're someone who's technology usage was discovered without parental direction, here are five things that I can guess you learned on your own instead of from your parents.
1. Automation might steal your job one day.
It’s true. A lot of people have already experienced this through the years. Some jobs taken over by technology weren’t such a bad thing, and most people think that technology wont come for theirs because they aren’t working in a factory or some other line up job. The truth is, technology is advancing so much that it’s in the process of stealing work that we always thought would require people. Cashiers, bartenders, bank clerks, postal workers, and even doctors will have their work taken away from them in the near future. Don't believe me? Look it up!
2. Smart devices can either run and ruin or enhance and convenience your everyday life.
When you allow technology into your life, in any form, you have to set up boundaries to keep it in check, instead of allowing it to control you. Take into account how many hours you can sit in front of a TV, or how you rely on your dishwasher so much that if it ever broke you’d freak out over the fact of washing your dishes by hand! These are just small examples, but controlling your intake and view of technology is important for not letting it alter your life in a negative way.
3. How much screen time is too much.
As mentioned before, start off with some self control. Then you can gauge the amount of time that’s healthy to be spending in front of screens. If you find yourself losing time instead of gaining it, you may be giving yourself too much screen time. If your smart devices take up more of your attention than your spouse, children, or job, then I’d say that’s too much screen time. If your phone is more of a distraction than a resource, you’re allowing too much screen time. Get the picture? Give yourself a healthy balance.
4. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
I don’t know any parent, even today, who has or is teaching their children about FOMO. It’s a disease of the mind. It plays into the struggle of too much screen time and technology control. The fear of missing out on everyone else's lives or thinking you’ll be totally secluded from the rest of the world if you aren’t refreshing your feed every five minutes is destructive in so many ways. It's making people reliant on their smart devices. When's the last time you went somewhere without your phone? Taking time away from the news, social media, your timelines (etc.) is needed to be yourself nowadays. Thinking you have to look, act, talk, and feel like everybody else or you need to be up to date on the latest thing to feel important or in the loop is what FOMO does. Set your boundaries, don’t allow the FOMO destroy your perspective.
5. The benefits of automated installations.
Most parents haven’t taught their children the benefits of home and business automation. Rightfully so. Spreading this information isn’t at the top of everyone’s to do list; except here at We Are More. The basic benefits include savings, safety, convenience, and control. Be the generation that teaches your children what automation can do for them!
Samara Towers does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing. She produces content to give our audience more insight and opinions on technical solutions big and small.