Are we too dependent on technology?
Yesterday evening I was at The Vancouver Public Library. I went to look for a few books on Buddhism and Economics. While deciding on two to bring home from the several I had found. I was seated at a desk next to the windows overlooking the central hall of the building. There are 3 large manually operated doors that even a six year old child can push open, and certainly would be no problem for a teenage or older. Off to the side there are a small set of doors for handicapped access, that open at the push of a button. I noticed that most seemed to use the handicapped access doors, even if it meant going out of their way to do so. So I took the time to do an unscientific survey. I watched and counted till I hit 200 people going through the doors, or just under 45 minutes. 142 people used the handicap access doors, 58 used the regular doors. Out of the 142 three were using powered devices such as a scooter, 9 were pushing a baby carriage, 10 had canes, 7 had their hands hands full enough to make pulling the door open a challenge. Over 50% had no reason not to use the regular doors, many of these young people under 25.
So my question is are we becoming so sedentary, that we depend on technology to the detriment of our own health?