Is technology slowly enslaving us?

Is technology slowly enslaving us?

Well, at least some of us who are hooked to it. When we planned to go here in Bohol, half of us promised not to bring a laptop (except me and Marc). We can’t live by without hooking up online (thanks to Globe & Smart 3G) and doing our usual rounds of checking email and reading feed readers.

Not only it has become a part of our daily routine but because our “work” requires us to do so. It did not come as a surprise that at one time or another, even those who said they won’t not go only would grab a quick look and do a post or check their emails for some unexpected or urgent emails.

Payag Restaurant
The Band of Bloggers at Payag Restaurant, Tagbilaran City, Bohol


Are we just net addicts? Maybe. Or I think it’s because most of what we do is so dependent on technology. Let’s just look at the email. Before, we used to send out snail mail and it would take weeks and even months to for an exchange to come around. We had tons of time to write back. Now, it has bee reduced to minutes, even seconds thru email. Well, that would have been great right? Of course, yes, mostly yes.

But and that’s a big BUT , multiply that exchange by the dozen or worse, by the hundreds, and you’re practically swamped — unable to respond to email communications in a timely manner. In my case, I have unanswered emails as far back as 4 weeks ago.

Maybe I’m just disorganized and lazy, I don’t know. All I know is that they’re all piling up on me and like many others out there, I cannot virtually live without it. Is technology really slowly enslaving us?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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14 Responses

  1. GUrbi says:

    It depends on the person if he/she will let himself/herself be enslaved by technology… :)

  2. Miguel says:

    BoB, can I sell you all Smart BlackBerry accounts? ;)

  3. noemi says:

    well I need the internet all the time because of work. One time I was hospitalized for 6 days and I made sure my room had internet. That’s how dependent I am. But if I didn’t have an online business, I can live without the net for a few days.

  4. mayumi says:

    you should start ‘N/A’ net addicts anonymous.

    “hi, i’m mayumi and i’m a net addict.”

  5. Miguel says:

    I actually had the opposite experience. I was absolutely required to connect to the Net all the time during my ISP operator days. Now that I’m a software developer, not too much.

  6. I’m still free ^_^ Sadly though, the number of months I live without touching a PC is getting lesser and lesser…. thanks to blogging, websites and community forums :p

  7. jayvee f. says:

    @migs – im the only BoB on a blackberry. Pearl pa ;)

  8. Andrew says:

    It’s a yes for me. If my work didn’t depend on it, I still would probably be a slave due to multiplayer games.

  9. jhay says:

    I use the pc everyday, not necessarily for online stuff. Using it to write school works both academic and not.

    Organize, organize is just the key to being the master of technology, not the slave of it. ;)

  10. issai says:

    some people live, eat, breath technology. it’s my bread and butter unfortunately, I have no other professional skill.

  11. Gail says:

    @jayvee: onga, pero ikaw di sumama! :P

    hmm… parang ako ata yang “grab a quick look” na yan ha :P pero really, quick lang talaga promise! mahal ang mag-check ng email sa cellphone! :D

  12. If technology is enslaving us then I am glad to accept it as my master. I would rather be enslaved to it than live without it.

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