By: David Kiviaho, kiisa corporation
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Blogger, Digg, iMedia and a plethora of distinctive social and professional apps have managed to place the world into a techno trance, bringing on a cyber addiction like never seen before on this planet. We have Droids, iPhones, Blackberrys, Tablets, iPads, and communicate rapidly at 4G, while we salivate at 5G and beyond!
In this techno trance-dance we post, tweet, reply, link, and like. Then, we google, share, blog, upload, download, comment, and talk in real time. Wow! All of this is managed while we work, play, lie down, and stand up, swim, hike, fly, bike and most of all drive. We LOL when someone shares even the least of humor. I SMH when that same someone is obviously a dork.
Good, bad, indifferent? This really depends on your personal or professional situation, or current outlook on the use of these apps. If you are an employer, the most hyped technology will hopefully bring you a new revenue stream. Or, it could cause employee distraction resulting in a dip in your bottom line. As a student many of these apps seem to be the Holy Grail to education, allowing you to not only access data and information as quickly as yesterday, but at the same time you can post, tweet, reply, link … well, you get the picture.
As with all innovation, negative and positive outcomes are realized. The world has witnessed mothers, sons, fathers, sisters, grandmothers, wives, husbands, and daughters mourn the loss of loved ones that have been the victims of techno manipulation, distraction, or texting. On the other hand, the world must celebrate these innovations as they have linked person to person, city to city, and nation to nation. Cultures communicate with sub-cultures and now rise up to claim their place in democracy and freedom while the world watches. We have now been equipped to communicate in such a way that no one should be left behind from data or information which surely can help them move from poverty to progress, from disease to restoration. Life is the greatest innovation ever launched, these apps are certainly icing on the cake.
Techdiction has a cause and most importantly, a cure. Understanding the technology before taking it for the final spin is imperative. Know that it will greatly enhance your personal or professional life if used wisely, and as intended. And, know that you are the only one who has the power to recognize when the app has you in its grasp of techdiction. At that point, accept you have a problem and put the app down. If you have more apps, posts, tweets, uploads and downloads then you have friends or real life activities, then you have a techdiction!