………..you find yourself unable to use the technology upon which you have become dependent!
Last weekend my laptop developed a fault and I found myself in a very strange place. Unable to write anything which required a space in between letters, I could not email, blog, chat or even comment coherently on a facebook status! It was unbelievably constraining.
It did not take long for me to realise that I did not just take these things for granted, but seemed to be rather dependent on them!
Happily I had plenty of other things to take care of, so I was not exactly twiddling my thumbs. I am not sure I even know how to twiddle thumbs. But I found that was fine as long as I was not doing anything which required the laptop. I discovered that with a faulty space bar there is actually not really anything you can do with a laptop! And as for any life online? Well, just forget it. Even when Twang Arm was at its peak and I struggled to use the laptop, I was not as paralysed as I was by the wicked space bar.
I have mixed feelings about being confronted with my dependency. Partly I am shocked that such a seemingly tiny fault could cause such a feeling of isolation and disengagement and highlight my dependence on technology and connectivity. Partly, though, I was making plans to get a replacement laptop as soon as possible!
It is a keen reminder that our lives have changed beyond recognition with the advent of computers, gadgets and super-sophisticated technology. While I cherish the richness this has brought and the special people I have connected with or re-connected with, I do just wonder if our laptops and gadgets are in charge or we are?