Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Article excerpt

Technology has become an emotionally laden term for some of us. When technology serves us well, it is our "friend," enabling us to communicate with many simultaneously and instantly. We have the world at our fingertips now, literally, with the Internet connecting us to a vast world of information. Communicating with others is easy and e-mail has all but replaced the majority of phone calls we used to get. Instead of a stack of phone messages or a full voicemail box, we now open our e-mail Inbox and find a daunting number of messages. We know the senders expect an immediate response, and we no longer have a day or two to reflect upon the reply as we did in the past. This is when we may feel that technology is our "foe." It can be quite a challenge to develop the mental and emotional capacity required to analyze complex issues quickly and thoughtfully, and to communicate sometimes sensitive messages in the manner one intends without the benefit of voice tone, inflection, and body language.

Yes, technology has had an impact on our lives. Yet, is it really anything new for us as humans? Think back to the Agricultural Age and the impact on individuals, families, and communities when the Industrial Age arrived! Many generations before us have experienced enormous change in their lives through technology. We will learn to thrive in the face of new technology just as previous generations did.

Technology has changed the way everyone does business and AAFCS is no exception. …

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