Would You Miss Technology If It Were Taken Away?

@Janey1966 (24128)
Carlisle, England
January 10, 2010 6:31pm CST
There is so much technology around us. We rely on computers so much for communicating with others. This site - for example - brings people together from all over the world, which is awesome. Financial institutions would collapse without technology. Mobile phones seem to be like mini computers in themselves. Would you cope if all this was suddenly taken away? Have you tried going out without your 'phone or not logging onto your home computer? I have done both but the former was out of necessity as I could not afford to keep a mobile 'phone anymore. I do have the landline and internet 'phones but I do not miss my mobile 'phone and I've done without it for over a year now. The computer is a different story though. Being away from it for a fortnight recently was a nightmare, mainly because the television at night-time was so boring. Now that I'm back on it the programmes have started to improve! Typical! Is there a major appliance you could not live without? I reckon mine would be the washer/dryer. Fabulous invention if you ask me! As are built-in cookers/hobs, central heating, hot water (think about it), electric kettles, microwaves, hi-fis and the good old telly. Isn't it scary how we rely on all this stuff for day-to-day living? I couldn't live in a cave permanently but sometimes wish I could escape to one...just for some peace and quiet if nothing else!
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@sunnycool (12744)
• India
12 Jan 10
Hi Janey good to see your blue star friend.great going.coming to your discussion-----i have spent two days back to back without computers---the first day was a bit slow coz i missed mylot for sure and then i was indulged in some work then onwards. As humans have some particular life time---according to me these compuetr technologies would have a end some day---until then the humans would depend on these so called robots--which perform surgeries,dance,clean and complete our daily chores and on that day when these stuff vanish or stop working coz a small bug or virus(especailly with the banking services BOOM everything transaction is gone resulting in trillions of loss) they would laugh at them selves for their so dependent.great day.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Thank you! I could do with a robotic cleaner in here lol. Seriously though, you are right, there's only so much technology we can cope with. Glad to see you back
@sunnycool (12744)
• India
17 Jan 10
Thank you Janey for the BR tag.great day
• United States
11 Jan 10
it would suck,but i would live. there were no cells,computers,microwaves,video games anyway when i was really small,so it would be like going back to those days. i would have to say i'd miss the microwave though. that is so conveniant for reheating in particular,i've gotten used to having one.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Yes, microwaves used to frighten people years ago but I don't know anybody who doesn't have one nowadays. We've gone for a more expensive Panasonic because it will outlive all the cheapo ones my in-laws seem to break, which is very satisfying from my point of view...especially since my Mum bought it
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• United States
15 Jan 10
our first one was gigantic-i swear you could cook a turkey in it. i'm glad they scaled them down a bit.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10425)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Hello Janey. Although I do not have all the latest gadgets, I would very much miss the technology items I do have, for I use them every day, both for communication and in my work :)) They've added some wonderful things to my life. Karen
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
Hi there! I agree with you, technology does seem to have shrunk the world (in a good way) as far as communication goes. It's a shame that things like holidaying abroad can be researched beforehand to such an extent that it takes the mystery out of a going anywhere..you know what I mean? I suppose the answer is to not bother and to "go with the flow." I'd love to go somewhere like Jamaica. Have you seen how laid back that Usain Bolt is?!
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• United States
12 Jan 10
Like you, I long to go to Jamaica someday. For some reason, I am not sure why, I picture its beaches, and the water and warmth, as healing.
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
definitely. so much of our way of life depends on the technology nowadays. i'm pretty adaptable and i believe i could cope if suddenly technology would cease functioning but boy i think i would have a hard time coping that's for sure. technology has become a necessary part in our lifestyles. i am very attached to mobile communications because it is what keeps my family and friends to constantly and consistently stay in touch. i hate to think of all the laughters and joys i'd lose if suddenly i would not be able to at least talk with them for long periods of time. the computer and internet has become a very necessary package for my work and my business. many industries would collapse even at the very idea of losing technology. -lol- more so on the actual event. -lol- i could do well with simple living... but caveman style... uhhm i have to think long and hard about it. hehe
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
Many thanks for your response. It always amuses me when I see people on trains (not been on one for a while). They sit down, look like they are about to relax for 20 minutes, then they just HAVE to get their mobile phone out and have an inane conversation with a loved one that usually starts with the words, "I'm on the train!" You don't say! Well, the loved one would know this as that same person has used that same train for years so why do they have to ring up and say this? I was taught to sit still on trains and it never fails to amaze me how many people just can't do this simple act. They have to get their laptops out, iPods, phones, you name it, it's like an electrical store on the train carriage! The journey will last 27 minutes at the most, depending on which station they get off at. By the time the laptop is up and running it's time to get off the train anyway. Grrr!!
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
guilty as charged. hehe i guess i'm one of those people who take advantage of a few minutes talk with a family or a friend even while commuting. the only time my phone is off is when i'm on the plane or the battery has been all used up. my whole family is using the same network and we are all in unlimited calls and text service so we are taking advantage of it. it was crazy when i went to far flung areas and there was no signal for my mobile fone. hehe i was working on my birthday, on travel, away from home and not a single birthday greeting could come thru because i was in a remote island. ughhh! but the moment i stepped into the city, i was flooded with calls and greetings. hehe i could live without technology for a few days. i have done it. can't say i like it though hehe.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
11 Jan 10
I'm not quite sure I would survive without technology. Houses here are warm, but they're definitly built for being heated. The river would freeze, 'cause there would be no power station at the waterfall, so there wouldn't be water and melting snow with fire wood takes time. So I would try a week without technology in mid-summer and not now! But it could be a funny adventure.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
I suppose the question came about because of all the problems with our water pipes we've had lately due to the freezing conditions (thankfully resolved now) and it brought home to me how we take commodities like hot water, heating, etc, for granted. We rely on electricity, gas and petrol/diesel so much it makes my head hurt thinking about it!
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
11 Jan 10
There have been some major water leaks here too. It milder today, so parts of the university was flooded when the ice in the pipes melted. They cut the water in the buildings I live too, but only for an hour. I got several messages first, "Make sure you tap enough water before we cut the supplies!"
@None49 (33)
• Brunei Darussalam
11 Jan 10
Computer is the one that I miss a lot... I don't want to use typewriter to write document or notes because it really time consuming coz need to push the 'buttons' hardly (also need energy). Also there is need to pull or push the 'thing' to start new paragraph, really need much work to do. Without computer, live become harder (I guess) because it has many functions which would make the user(before it taken away) frustrated.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
What would happen though if the electricity went off for a very long time (something I lie awake thinking about sometimes, it scares me so much). Have you a manual typewriter you could use as a back-up in an emergency? I haven't but there again I only use the computer to browse, I'm no business-woman.
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
You cannot browse webpages with a type-writer. You can't also play music file with a type-writer. Also emails, you cannot send email using a type writer.. So this shows computer is everything to us. The thing that we cannot afford to miss...
@shonat85 (35)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I would be lost if everything were to go away, I feel lost as it is if I leave the house without my cellphone, to the point where most of the time I have to go back and get it.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
My husband is like that. He needs his 'phone for work so if he didn't take it, then no-one could contact him i.e. customers! I, on the other hand, don't really need a mobile phone at the moment because I'm unemployed so there's no-one to ring...and if I do need to contact someone (like I needed to contact my husband urgently last week) then I use the landline. We would be knee deep in water due to frozen pipes if I hadn't been able to contact my hubby!
• United States
11 Jan 10
Hello, I will really have to say yes, even though I just started working on the computer in the year 2005. I really rely on technology for so much in my life, so I hope it will never be taken away!
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
Well let's hope we can all share in this wonderful medium that is the internet. Used in the correct way it's marvellous but I don't need to tell you that, you know already.
• India
11 Jan 10
Sure we can't imagine our life without technology as everything is linked with it.. whether it is laptop or mobile or net anything.. all are technologies inventions... and without these things we can't imagine our life now.. these are lifelines for us and we don't know where we will lose ourself if we will not have technology... Today world is running so fast just because of the advanced technologies in automobile and other engineering fields which have made our life so comfortable. Life without technology not possible now as we have got such habits in our life...
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
You are quite right my friend. Without the likes of Twitter we wouldn't get instant news from far-flung places where it is normally an offence to complain about the government...say, in the Middle East. It is a very good medium for the instant reporting of news but I think that 24 hour news can be a bit much at times. Some news items get repeated throughout the week!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I would never miss microwave oven. I don't have one, I don't use any and I am not planing to use it in the future. Microwave oven is not good for our health. I have to agree about washer and dryer. Hard to live without. I use my cell phone in moderation, but I don't have land line. I would miss computers and internet the most. I try to reduce my time in front of computer, it is so addicting... HUGS
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
I would miss the computer too. I've been using them (both in past jobs I have had and at home) for many years now and we have become accustomed to using them on a regular basis. It may have something to do with the fact that jobs themselves have changed over the years. We've gone from typing the odd letter and filing manually to having virtually everything electronically stored on databases. We would be in serious trouble if these databases were to fail. Manufacturing is also at an all time low in the UK. What we do make tends to be OK but its on the decline, more's the pity.
• United States
11 Jan 10
I have a washer here in my apartment as well. I got rid of my cell phone to lower my bills. I am getting rid of my land line on the 21st of this month. I now use the magic jack. So I rid myself of that bill as well. I also know we use far too much of these easy things. Kids rely way too much on most of these things. I wish I could get my daughter to give up her cell phone. That could save another $50.00 a month.
@Janey1966 (24128)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
Yes they are expensive, which is why I had to give my mobile phone up last year. May I ask what a magic jack is, I've never heard of that until now. Thanks.
@Avinigav (238)
• Indonesia
18 Jan 10
I will.. It's been helpful. But I'm not really sad if the technology were taken away. I just pray do it will come back :D
@nrn2003 (672)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I would be devastated if technology no longer existed. I love the computer and the internet. I enjoy my cell phone and all that comes with it. I just enjoy life alot better with it than without it.
• Canada
11 Jan 10
Dear believe me without technology we can't live as we are now totally depended on technology. Everything will be stopped and no one will work, life will be real difficult.
• United States
11 Jan 10
If you mean technology as in machines then yes I would miss it. I would be bored without technology. I use technology to entertain myself.
@cindy27 (130)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
Hi Jayne, Even though i belong to the country that was not fast moving related to technology and I myself can say not that techno but i understand that Yes, without tech will make everyone crazy because it definitely become necessary for improving our lives
@esjosh (915)
• India
11 Jan 10
yes obviously miss it. As it has become a part of every one today. An equivalent thing to some organ of the body. So it will be truly missed, if would be taken away.
@anyabee (363)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
YES!!! i wouldn't know what i'd do without technology. i might go crazy. :D