Technology Withdrawal... Feeling Lost Without Your Tech

from the what-do-I-do-now? dept

Earlier today, people took us way too seriously when we jokingly asked whether or not technology makes us smarter. We were more making fun of that question showing up every few months when reporters don't have anything else to write about, but people seem to love to debate the question. A much more interesting discussion, however, may be what happens when you lose some technology you've come to rely on. A few years ago, we discussed this in the extreme case of Steven Mann who is trying to live his life as a "cyborg," but was forced to remove his computer equipment to board a plane. The loss of such technology made it difficult for him to function. He claimed he had trouble walking and even fell down a few times. Obviously, that's an extreme example, but you can certainly see how it could apply to more everyday examples. For example, in this blog post, someone from the Institute for the Future notes that his car's GPS navigation system was stolen recently -- and even though he knows his way around the city, he proceeded to feel disoriented and get lost, since he was so used to having the navigation system to rely on. It seems likely that these kinds of "technology withdrawal" situations are going to become more common.
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    dorpus, 19 Sep 2005 @ 6:27pm

    The Values of Youth

    Young people feel it is bad to rely on machines for everyday activities. As they get older, and they need their electric wheelchairs, elevators, and dentures, they will stop feeling that people have some sort of moral obligation to live without machines.

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      dorpus, 19 Sep 2005 @ 6:33pm

      Paradoxically

      The youth advocating these values are the same people who wear machines to help destroy their hearing faster. When they get their hearing aids later on, we'll hear what they have to say about "feeling lost" without them. ;-)

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    Seth Finkelstein, 20 Sep 2005 @ 6:43am

    Not new - EYEGLASSES!

    Can I point out many people are severely limited without their glass or plastic optical enhancement devices? And this is accepted?

    And then there's calculators and math ...

    The invention of writing affected people's memory skills (not memory _per se_, but skills).

    This is all a very old phenomena.

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    lexi, 13 Nov 2009 @ 10:57am

    not just youth

    okay so i know technology withdrawal is bad and kinda serious believe me i had this mp3 player and it was with me 24/7 i even hid it whenever i couldn't take it with me and when i lost it i was seriously ticked off and cranky like menopause.Keep in mind that this was only a year ago my family knew better than to approach me XD.Perfect example of young people clinging the to their electric devices however its not just young people.My dad(50)recently lost his laptop due to a broken hardrive my mother then told me she was glad it broke because it was like he had lost a mistress no joke those were her actual words.Later my father and i were taking he was really shocked when realized just much time he spent on his laptop.My dad is concerned about how much time we spend on the computer but he openly admits that he would have a terrible time spending one day away from it XD

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