ADAPT­ING TO TECH­NOL­OGY

USE THE TOOLS AT YOUR FIN­GER­TIPS TO AS­SIST YOUR LIFE, BUT RE­MEM­BER, THEY ARE NOT COM­PUL­SORY

The Gympie Times - - MIND - MIND YOU WORDS: NICK BEN­NETT Nick Ben­nett is a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, per­for­mance coach and part­ner of Minds Aligned, mind­saligned.com.au

There seems to be a bat­tle run­ning be­tween older gen­er­a­tions and the younger gen­er­a­tions re­gard­ing the use of time and tech­nol­ogy and it’s some­thing I find in­ter­est­ing to ob­serve.

I love tech­nol­ogy and while I am not nec­es­sar­ily an early adap­tor, i.e. one who jumps into the new as soon as it ap­pears, grab­bing the “beta” ver­sion and play­ing with the new up­grades, I do like to keep up with ef­fi­cient changes that as­sist me to con­tinue to de­velop and learn.

What seems to be an is­sue is the dif­fer­ence (in terms of tech­nol­ogy) in what is avail­able to us now and what some­one grew up with 30-plus years ago.

Let’s face it, the speed at which new tech­nol­ogy reaches the mar­ket is over­whelm­ing for many of us who grew up with bake­lite crank han­dle phones on an ex­change line where your phone num­ber had four dig­its and you had to go through an op­er­a­tor to get put through. (And if you are ask­ing ques­tions about any of that then speak to your grand­par­ents.)

How­ever, the great thing about any of this stuff is that we aren’t obliged to keep up.

We al­ways have a choice, and for peo­ple of older gen­er­a­tions who were gen­er­ally very prac­ti­cal, the key is to find the best of it that suits your pur­pose and keep the rest of the clut­ter out.

My older brother, once a very suc­cess­ful ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing guru, stepped away from tech­nol­ogy, de­cry­ing it many years ago to find life on the farm. But he has re­alised now, as his chil­dren have grown, that he can be con­nected with them through so­cial me­dia and spend time with them when he can.

My pre­ferred ap­proach is not to be a pas­sive ob­server sit­ting in front of my screen watch­ing end­less YouTube or other clips, nor spend­ing hours cre­at­ing a fake re­al­ity through var­i­ous so­cial me­dia. It is to use the tools that are pro­vided to cre­ate sto­ries, pic­tures and pre­sen­ta­tions that I use in my work­ing and recre­ational life.

Stephen Batch­e­lor, a sec­u­lar Bud­dhist, said: “We can­not choose whether to en­gage with the world, only how to”.

So rather than bat­tle with new tech­nol­ogy it is per­haps wiser to find its more prac­ti­cal uses at a per­sonal level and avoid the frus­tra­tion that comes when some­one younger waves a new iPhone-some­thing and says they hate An­droids.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that not ev­ery­thing we learn has to be ap­plied, but ev­ery­thing we ap­ply has to be learnt – and that takes time, not tech­nol­ogy.

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