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Connected Living: The Good and the Bad

By Robyn Wright

Technology has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When other people ask me how I know how to do things with computers or online, or how I have time for it all, I’m wondering how they do not know the same things or how they function without them.

Generally speaking, all this technology is a good thing in my world. How could it not be? Going purely on practicality, it saves me so much time and effort. I can pay my bills, shop, keep track of projects, organize documents and photos, keep up with medical information, find recipes, and research anything under the sun with relative ease.

Then there is the more emotional side. It is nearly impossible for me to put into words how much the personal relationships I have made online mean to me. To be able to find so many people with whom I can connect with on any aspect of life has been amazing.

From sharing my joys to feeling those cyber hugs surrounding me in times of need, I find that the more I share of myself the more I can connect. When I mix those things together – the practical and the emotional – you can see how easy it is that I am living a happily technological life.

Embracing all of this has also led me to business endeavors. To me it is barely work, since the work is actually all about me doing and sharing what I was doing all along. Making your life, your hobby, and your passions your work is a wonderful thing.

There are a few drawbacks however. The need to be “plugged in”, both with power and Wi-Fi is always at the forefront of my brain. Because my life is so infused with it all, to go without feels like a giant void.

I’m not talking about things like Twitter, Facebook, and email even, but just the ability to access my own information, instant access to anything I need to research, and the ability to journal and document as I go. Thank goodness for good batteries!

One other issue is that occasionally I get a little tired of playing “tech support” with family and friends. Ordinarily I don’t mind helping anyone, but there are a few folks who try to take advantage of that and it can be frustrating. I’m learning how to gently defer those types to local computer stores.

People do ask me about the lack of privacy I seem to have. I really feel everyone has their own comfort zone in this area and my zone just happens to be a little more expansive.

Regardless of any aggravation that technology may cause, there is no way I would ever want to give it up. If you took it all away it would be like losing an arm for me. I’m happy to go on getting giddy with new gadgets, blogging about every aspect of my life, and sharing it all with everyone in my online community.

Robyn Wright is a woman always connected as a blogger, mom to a teen, wife, geek, foodie, and reviewer. She has been ranked as a Nielsen Top 50 Power Mom and the 10th most influential Tweeter in St. Louis. You can catch her on Twitter @RobynsWorld and read her blog at http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/

What are the “good and the bad” aspects of your technology-driven life? Share your thoughts with The Online Mom!



Comments:
Comment by Nota Supermom, posted 6/2/2011, 9:05 PM:

I was thinking today that if I lost my phone I couldn't call my husband or kids' phones, or even my own mother. That's just all kinds of wrong! But my smartphone makes so many things so easy, I can't live without it! Thanks so much for #momblogbiz chat. It's the best chat on twitter for mom bloggers.
Comment by geekbabe, posted 6/2/2011, 10:21 AM:

I have loved computers since modems were 300 baud & totally share your feelings about tech.The thing I like best is how our world has become just one big kitchen table, being able to interact & make friends like you, from all over the globe totally outweighs any other concerns for me!
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