nce upon a time, technology was more science fiction that it was science. People knew how everything worked. There wasn’t the mystery and general acceptance that is associated with so many of the gadgets we use today. For example, most of us don’t know exactly how the apps on our smartphones and tablets work, we just know that they do and we like the convenience they provide. Check out a recent article entitled Gorgeous Digital Clocks Make You Rethink Time touches on this same subject, reminding us that we used to have to interact with clocks to make them work. Approximately a decade ago I still had an old clock that I needed to wind each day. My current bedside clock is digital and has the ability to tell time all on its own. Even if there’s no battery in it, and the power goes out, the clock seems to know what time it is and sets itself appropriately the second the power comes back on. It’s like magic. What is the downside of all this technology? It could be argued that it limits our creativity, and possibly even our ability to innovate. Without the need to know how things work, we often don’t take the time to bother to learn how they work. We leave the responsibility to someone else and stop taking on the human quality, and our innate ability, to invent new things. We avoid putting in much effort in favor of continuing to speed up our daily lives. Why? Take a few minutes to be creative today. Make something instead of choosing the instant option. Purchase a clock that requires you to do something to figure out what time it is. Re-learn the things you may have forgotten how to do and simply enjoy the sense of accomplishment. What do you think? Are some things too easy? How does this affect you at work, at home, at school? ~Kathleen Sales, Quartet Blog Editor & Author
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