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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.

Watch at a location where there is an escalator and stairs, how many use the stairs, how many use the escalator? People will go up or down one floor on an elevator, with the stairs 10 feet away.

So my question is are we becoming so sedentary, that we depend on technology to the detriment of our own health?


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2 thoughts on “Are we too dependent on technology?

  1. You are right, we are actually becoming dependent on technology. I saw a snippet of ‘Farmer wants a wife’ on TV the other day (Australian dating show where a lonely farmer chooses a girl from spending weeks with a whole bunch of them, girls get eliminated each week for those who don’t know) and one of the girls contestants was sort of freaking out because she checks facebook every 20 minutes and they weren’t allowed their phones.

    So yes. We are far too dependent on technology.

    • Thank you for the insightful comment. I think a great reality show would be a house where they are cut off from social media, texting etc, and see who survives. Of course the networks would never approve it as the 18-35 demographic group would scream unfair advantage to the old guys and gals 🙂

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