Have you been following the recent New Tech City’s “Bored and Brilliant” challenge aimed at getting people (users) to amp down their time spent on apps, texting, gaming, and all manner of media usage? (In New York, go to WNYC or Channel 1, or google it). In response to their clever on-line forums, a few (low tech) thoughts:

High value communication requires deeper, slower thought than most of us are capable of in this speedy, tech-heavy, platform-weary world. I think about this when I hear people rudely flooding every public place with their very private (and often boring) talk on their newly upgraded devices. However, practically speaking, some of us need to tech UP, not down or less. We need to get up to speed for all the obvious reasons, but I’d be happy, never bored, and maybe even a little more brilliant if I never had to deal with social media platforms and their whiny offspring.

A lot of us don’t like new tech/media, but feel obligated to jump on board. And by the time the over 50 or 60 crowd catches up with the Millenials, the next thing has been invented and downloaded into our collective consciousness. Perhaps you share some the following quandaries, and if so, what do you do to address them?

  1. How do you catch up with the avalanche of new media, tech, apps, and upgrades?
  2. How do you get away with as little tech-ing as possible, given that many (especially older) people are just not that into it/addicted?
  3. Over-usage of new tech apps or i-phones can make us less brilliant at such arcane arts as conversation, writing, and spelling. How about replacing usage with, say, writing a thank you note, calling Grandma from a landline phone, or spelling words as they were intended to be spelled?
  4. Finally, before you tell all, promise to cut your texting time in half, or take a day off from i-photos, step back and ponder what your priorities are today and in the future:
  1. What did you do before the SM/tech avalanche (assuming you were born before cell phones were invented)?
  2. How is tech/media usage making you a more successful, better, or happier person, writer, etc.? Will cutting down improve or impede your life?
  3. What’s the healthy, stress-releasing balance?

Finally, what will you do with tech time saved by cutting back on emails, reading blogs and blogging about them–read a book?? Now, do tell, in any media that you like. Thanks!