Tuesday, 31 May 2016
What does technology mean to you?
This may seem to be a strange question, but think about it for a moment.
For some people it means the latest and greatest gadgets - fun, games and entertainment.
For others it is just a means to an end, a way to get things done more quickly and efficiently.
There is no doubt that technology has made our lives better in many ways, helping not only to entertain us and keep us connected, but also to live longer and healthier lives.
Whatever it means to you, the certainty is that technology is taking over more and more aspects of our daily lives.
It has got to the point where society would struggle if all technology suddenly broke down.
We all rely on it daily, even if we feel that we don't.
Even just cooking a meal usually relies on the technology of our microwaves, ovens and hobs.
Washing our clothes, watching TV, hoovering, ironing - they are all made easier by technology.
However we use technology, and whatever it means to us, we should always remember that it is just a tool.
Technology can bring its own stresses. The stresses of always wanting to be available, to always keep up with what is going on in the world.
We should remember that we don't need to be constantly connected, constantly entertained.
Every so often, it is good to go back to basics for a while, to switch off and enjoy ourselves without our gadgets and gizmos.
Going for a walk and leaving our phone at home is a very simple way of doing this, or how about being brave and camping out under the stars, with nature as your companion.
So how about taking the time today to disconnect, de-stress and enjoy a few technology free hours.