The other day I was having a conversation with a friend in his music studio. Despite being surrounded by plenty of awesome hi-tech musical gear he explained to me that he was a Luddite. Having never heard the word before I asked him to shed some light on what a Luddite is.
The Luddites, as it turns out, were a group of 19th-century Engligh textile workers who were firmly opposed to new technology. Needless to say, the Industrial Revolution was not their favorite historical event. The Luddites, took their disdain for technology a step farther than just protesting. They actually sought out and destroyed the new equipment that they thought threatened their way of life.
I come across a fair amount of Luddites in my line of work. I’m not suggesting I meet people who are going around and throwing their smartphones and tablets on the ground, but surely you know someone who has a natural aversion to technology. It may even be you. The fact of the matter is, with the constant barrage of new technology that’s coming our way nowadays, it’s not hard to get overwhelmed and want to revolt sometimes.
The Luddites weren’t crazy people. They were fearful of how new technology was going to impact their businesses and more to the point, their lives. If you look at how technology has shaped and will continue to shape the way the world works, it’s easy to sympathize with the Luddites.
Remember, change is good. And more to the point, change is unstoppable. Yes, there are more apps, blogs, social networks and mobile devices than a single human being could ever deal with. The average internet user receives over 63,000 words of new information a day. That would take over 3 months to go through if you took the time to read every email, tweet, status update, blog and whatever else you’re getting in a day. Rather than focusing on the sheer amount of stuff available, try to figure out what works for you. Within the complexity of all this new fangled technology lies the simplicity that can actually improve your life.
Think of this as a friendly reminder to seek out the technologies that can help make your life better. After all, if something exists that can help improve your life, it may be worth checking out.