Is Today's Technology a Modern Day Lotus?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Greek Mythology speaks of Odysseus and his crew being Lotusblown off course and landing where the natives consumed lotus fruits and flowers.  The food was narcotic and addictive and caused the Greek Feeteaters to fall asleep and become apathetic!  To rescue his crew members, Odysseus had to have them forcefully removed and tied to their ship to get them to leave!

Now flash forward about 3000 years, and perhaps the lotus has returned with today's technology carrying the banner. 

TelevisionUsed to be TV was solely blamed for our couch potato state.  Now, Smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Farmville, Foursquare, Mafia Wars,video games, websites by the tens of thousands, you get the drift?  And we fully recognize that this same media is our outlet for communicating this message!  And I'll plead Guilty to Crackberryconstantly checking my email on the Crackberry, the ballscores on the laptop, checking in on old friends on Facebook that otherwise wouldn't still be a part of my life with thousands of miles separating us.


The question at hand?  Is this technology a good thing or a bad thing?
 
Technology has revolutionized much of our daily lives! 

Real estate has changed radically and will CONTINUE to evolve.  No more going to the office to look at a printed book... Yes, Virginia, that's how it used to be done!  Now, a couple of clicks and it's like you're standing inside the home! 

And shopping?  The world is at your fingertips!  And walking into a store and making a large purchase just off the sales rep input?  Probably not happening anymore.  Reading reviews, looking for discounts, it's ingrained behavior now!

On the other hand, technology can be abused.  The couple sitting in the restaurant, both on the phone talking to someone else.  HELLO???  The father who plays his Xbox for hours on end, while his young son doesn't know how to play catch.  Cat's in the Cradle ring a bell Pop??  Then there's the whole cell phone or texting while driving, the list goes on and on.

Our feeling, in moderation, the use of technology to improve our lives is a great thing!

How do you feel about it?

Hope you're having a great week!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz



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Larry Lawfer
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"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Technology is a tool, just like any other tool.  Did fire change the playing field, how about the wheel?  Gutenberg's press changed things too.  I don't think technology is a bad, it is a good tool.  The way you use it determines it's value to you and your work.  Now back to Plymouth Plantation, hehe.

Sep 23, 2010 10:11 AM #1
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How I enjoy waking up to see your posts!  Sure glad I have a computer and all the tech tools that make my life so much easier and yet, I agree moderation is key.  Time to take that morning walk....  have a great day you two!  ~ Susan

Sep 23, 2010 10:16 AM #2
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Larry, It's a tool, but with more facets and perhaps more opportunity to infiltrate more aspects of our lives than previous tools.  We love much of what it gives us, but also question much of what it may take away.  The easy access to information is one of our favorites, the ability to reach across the U.S. and Canada and have an exchange like this?  Love that too!

Susan, If we allowed it...we could spend the entire day on a keyboard.  Finding the balance is the critical part!

Sep 23, 2010 10:28 AM #3
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Glenn Roberts
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I feel like you feel. I often remind myself to get off the computer and take my grandson for a hike. It's important that he knows the difference between gaming and productivity with computer usage, but I also like hime to know the difference between indian paintbrush and hawkweed. I'd like him to know how good the morels are in spring and the chantrelles are in autumn and where to find them.

Sep 23, 2010 11:06 AM #4
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I definitely think it's a good thing.  We have to be really careful with Tanner, our five year old, and monitor his use of video and computer games.  We try to keep a healthy balance between technology, outdoor activities and time with family....Those rainy days can be a real challenge, tho'

Sep 23, 2010 11:10 AM #5
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Glenn, It would be SOOOO easy to lock in to the computer and do nothing but read and respond to AR blogs all day... but you're right, we have to get out, see some nature, interact with some people and the rest of the real world.

 

Amy, It's so different for the kids now.  A prime "fer instance" for me is the DVD players in every minivan on the road!  Growing up, if we wanted entertainment, you either brought it with you, or stared out the window and watched...license tag games, I spy, whatever.  No Barney and Dora on the little screen.

Sep 23, 2010 11:15 AM #6
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Technology is good in many respects.............but the good old fashioned way of doing some things works best for me.............guilty as charged on many counts here, but not all.

Sep 23, 2010 12:40 PM #7
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Roger, we need to adapt the best practices to stay current in our businesses.  Otherwise, how will we ever have time to wonder who the guest star was in that episode of Gilligan's Island?? :)

Sep 23, 2010 12:49 PM #8
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Technology changes, but the message stays the same.  I am on the side that tech is awesome!  :)

Sep 23, 2010 03:52 PM #9
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Chris, Most is... I may never get the point of some of the current programs... Twitter/Foursquare come to mind.  Maybe they're better for the urban vs suburban/rural life.

Sep 23, 2010 03:58 PM #10
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Debbie Gartner
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Overall, I think technology is great...it's progress.  But I also agree, it needs to be in moderation. One of my dad's favorite phrases as I was growing up (also from the Greeks) - "Everything in modernation; nothing in excess."  It is so fascinating how things have evolved.  As more people have access, in some ways it equalizes the playing field and customers are more knowlegdeable (which is good and bad...the bad being when they are partially knowledgeable and think they know it all), and customer opinion/reviews are having a much bigger impact on everything (e.g. books, contractors -who's good/who's bad, company raving and criticism, etc.)

While it can be info overload at times and you can't get away from it all, I think there is more good than bad.  For one thing, just having a cell phone makes me feel safer for when if/things go wrong (e.g. car accidents/flat tires, burglary, calling EMT, being lost, floods, etc.) and getting in touch w/ people when you need to/want to quickly.

Sep 23, 2010 06:55 PM #11
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Debbie, I know we take customer reviews into account on Amazon, Consumer Reports, etc. whenever making a significant consumer purchase.  The bad thing is like you mentioned, when people get enough information to think they're well informed, but without the understanding or context of the data.

I do love the easy access, the ability to reach 1/2 way across the nation or the world in a matter of seconds or minutes.  Amazing!

Sep 23, 2010 08:09 PM #12
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Without technology, it would be very difficult to sell as much real estate as we do.  Connecting with buyers and sellers is much easier in today's market.

Sep 23, 2010 09:08 PM #13
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Shelley Rowton
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Honestly, I think we may have gone too far.  The bad part is that I don't see any end to it!  I think that we are already seeing the effects of our technological society in our youth.  They have little to no social skills and poor life skills.  Things are going to get really bad.

I think we will see a small rebellion against technology at some point, and physical and mental health issues will stem from the overuse.  Just call me Little Miss Sunshine!  :)

Sep 23, 2010 10:46 PM #14
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Kay, I would say in real estate it has been a boon to the agents for the most part.  We can cover much more territory, vs. the old days when one community is probably the realistic limit for an agent.  The ready information is invaluable.

 

Shelley, The technology involvement at the child level just amazes me.  Growing up, the only electronics were in a transistor radio or the light bulbs in Operation!  Now, everything I see has a chip in it... maybe that's good, maybe it doesn't stretch the imagination enough.  It'll be up to the parents to set proper boundaries, but my perception is that may not happen to the degree needed.  Too many wanting to be their kid's buddy rather than parent, instilling the needed discipline.  Only time will tell.

Sep 23, 2010 10:56 PM #15
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As far as technology, it will always be changing our lives - mostly for the good. You can get addicted to anything, not just the computer/internet...so as far as children, there will always be limits set (or should). Balance is important - or overall health will be affected. Example: stay on the computer for awhile without getting up and moving around, your body begins to swell around the feet, ankles. It's a sign to keep us in line!

Sep 25, 2010 12:45 PM #16
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Carla, Excellent points!  We've got to keep the right balance, use the good, discard the bad.

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