Bobby Boucher: Mama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
Mama Boucher: That’s nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!
I learned lots of lesser known facts about life after watching Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy. Foosball, girls, electricity, and poor Ben Franklin is the devil.
Can you imagine what Mama would do if Bobby brought home an iPhone6+?
NO SON OF MINE IS GOING TO BE PLAYING WITH NO EYESPHONE! EYESPHONE IS THE DEVIL!
Does Mama, even with her overdramatized, overprotective, and outrageous behavior, have some wisdom for us? Is technology wicked? Does it rob us of love, relationships, and even take our soul?
What are the costs of technology, of living in a digital world?
We watch concerts, see sunsets, live life through phones. What used to be face to face conversations are done online.
I do it too! I text friends who are sitting across from me. I Skype my kids instead of yelling upstairs to tell them dinner’s ready. I hardly even use the “landline” phone anymore.
It’s great to have this technology, but have we gone too far? Interpersonal communication with a physical human being that includes touch, facial expressions, inflections, tone – remember that?
I don’t believe technology is the devil. But it can be a baneful influence if we let it. If you want to be healthy and happy there has to be balance and moderation in everything.
How about you? Do you need to pull the plug on your technology, even a little?