Does Technology Preventing Us From Experiencing our Lives to the Fullest

Our lives have become a part of a daily routine. We see something that catches our eye; something out of the ordinary. What shall we do? Twenty years ago we would have just witnessed the event with soley our five senses and maybe later even recounted the story to a friend. Flash forward those twenty years and here is where we have an issue. We are quick to whip out our phones snap a picture, maybe edit it or transform it in some way then quickly post it to social platforms where others, many times family and friends can see it. Is technology hindering us from seeing the big picture of what life is all about? Is it preventing us from experiencing our lives to its fullest? Instead of viewing life through our own five senses we now rely on the camera to take the place of our senses.

The user of technology in this photo is using her computer screen as if she depends on it to speak for her. The quote “It was a better, more indomitable version of herself (Eggers 333)” This photo represents how when we become too entangled in technology we lose what it feels like to communicate with the rest of the world in the human form. Soon enough we realize technolgy takes over and becomes the only way we can communicate with others. Technology starts to become the better us, the more preferred us. It most defiantly hinders how we live our lives. Andrew Brown once said that “The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” Brown argues that the internet, a form of technology is becoming so powerful that is becoming a new way of living life.

In this photo the user is taking in technology as if her device was her eyes. She is surrounded by beautiful scenery and she chooses to take it in through a small device. In the Circle Mae met with one of the “Wise Men”, Eamon Bailey, one founder of the company and was asked to be a part of the weekly Friday meeting. During the meeting Mae is on stage with Bailey and talks about the kayak incident where the police had to be called in. During the conversation she was was accused of not taking enough pictures of what she was doing and what she saw while kayaking. Like the photo below Bailey wanted Mae to be doing exactly what this woman is doing. Better described as looking at life through a small lens. Robin S. Sharma once said that “Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity.” This is clearly seen in this image where creativity is immensely diminished. The picture is simply taken and uploaded to a social media platform.

I believe the user of technology in this photo is using her technology such as the iPhone she clutches in her hands in place of her five senses. This photo reminds me of when Mae was completly transparent while using the “See Change” cameras. She mentions the feeling of empowerment that she gets when viewers watch her. The woman in the picture is similar to Mae in that she seeks affirmation from others when taking and eventually posting pictures on social media. We can infer that the woman feels empowerment the way Mae does from gaining her viewers. R. Buckminster Fuller once said “Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” In this photo the user is using technology to gain acceptance from her followers. This is a clear example of using technology for the wrong reasons.

I believe in this photo the user is neglecting his environment. Not only does he fail to interact with his environment but also neglects mans best friend. Like Mae the user in this photo is using technology as a way to relax. After a long day at The Circle Mae decides to sleep in the dormatory instead of going home. Once at the dormitory she chooses to work on her PartiRank instead of going to sleep. She continues to do this until about 2am. To the reader Mae seeems relaxed around technology. As the book progresses we see that Mae becomes more and more dependant on technology almost using it as a crutch to block the issues that exist outside of the circle (e.g. her parents wellbeing, Mercer). Albert Einstein once said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” As we can see in the photo the user is using technology to relax, his dogs however seem sad and almost depressed as if neglected for some sort of love. I’m sure when the user was younger all he loved was his dogs, years went by and then soon after getting his Iphone the dogs were replaced with this newer pastime.

Photos Courtesy of:

https://visiblyvero.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/our-technological-selves/

https://shareandtellstory.wordpress.com

https://roblambert2112.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/users-of-technology-2-x-12/

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