Sweet Spot



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Let me start by saying I love technology. I am not a tech nerd, but I do try to stay away from being a digital dinosaur. I use it in my life with little thought and every convenience. However, I think technology, like most things in life, has a curve.

It would start with having no technology, think stone age type of situation. And I am not sure exactly where it ends yet, but think robots take over the world type of stuff. And again, as with most things in life, I believe there is a sweet spot right in the middle. The true sense of balance as offered by most eastern philosophies and many a cliché. But I think we have already passed the point. I find myself reminiscing for a touch of the good old days when things were a little less digital, but conversely more connected in a different way. It is hard to put a date to the elusive sweet spot, but I would like to offer a frame of reference for where I think it was.

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Before 27 different choices in video streaming services, but after the remote control.

Before there were things to watch and read while driving, but after seat belts.

Before never being able to recall a phone number by memory, but after the demise of rotary dial.

Before fake news, but after the internet.

Before people taking pictures of their meals, but after the microwave.

Before self-driving cars, but after cruise control.

Before the proliferation of selfies, but after the polaroid.

Before million-dollar homes, but after straw huts.

Before the existence of spam, but after the invention of email. No matter how small that sweet spot may have been.

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It is an elusive period in our past where we were less digitally connected but knew the people in our lives in greater depth. In our rush to convenience, we have whittled away the labor in our lives, reducing keeping in touch to the click of a heart on a screen. We are so far in bed with technology that we have forgotten how to get up and walk around. What was meant to bring us together is now where we hide, eschewing moments and people in our very present and presence.

So, yes, give me the convenience of a clock that resets itself for daylight savings time, but let me keep my ability to list my friends by name rather than worry about some number on a web page.

I hope you will join in for the search of this rarified moment in our past, this sweet spot, by leaving your own comments as to when this period was.

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Comments
19 Responses to “Sweet Spot”
  1. I’d like to think I’ve experienced several ‘sweet spots’ in my life span, but let me offer some insight. It was after we had cars but before we’d refuse to walk anywhere when we could drive. It was before the idea of recycling trash but after folks had already learned how to re-use and/or repurpose items before tossing them in the trash. It was after the invention of the clothes dryer but before the ordinances that disallowed the right to hang clothes outside to dry. It was after freezers were invented but before people could buy complete frozen meals that could just be heated.

  2. beth says:

    I am really with you on this. while there are clearly some advantages to the advancements in the tech arena, and I happily make use of them, like writing my blog, using my phone to stay in touch and reach out, and modern household conveniences, I too yearn for a simpler way to communicate and to live.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    a thought-provoking post, Brad. I think my favorite line was: “We are so far in bed with technology that we have forgotten how to get up and walk around. ”

    As to my sweet spot, it’s hard to say, since I love most advances in technology.

    But here is a possible one: after the advent of electronic scoreboards in baseball so you could see the scores of various games and a batter’s statistics, but before the use of electronic umps…

  4. kristianw84 says:

    It’s hard for me say what my sweet spot is. I think because I’m still into handwritten letters, a phone that lies forgotten when I’m lost in good conversations, a book, a movie, a television show, or a sky full of stars. I also use technology a lot, and I’m guilty of taking pictures of meals. I can’t help it. I love cooking and creating my own concoctions. And when they turn out well I want to share them, not to brag, but to say, here, this is a part of who I am. Too much sharing can be bad, though. I get what you’re saying, and life is all about learning balance and maintaining that sweet spot! I guess for me, that sweet spot would before search engines offered a world of knowledge, but after the Dewey decimal system. I find that I retained much more information when I had to go to the library to find information about a certain subject rather than using Google. I really enjoyed this post, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am going to openly admit that at the end of your fist sentence I had a vulgar retort concerning where your sweet spot is, but I will move gentlemanly-like past that and say you found one too. Of course, I do use the internet for a ton of research, so I may be being a tad hypocritical. Glad you enjoyed, keep those pictures of your food coming, and thanks for being you!

      • kristianw84 says:

        Oh, you! I’m well aware of where that sweet spot is. HA! I am glad for the ability to research without having to leave my couch, but I do think back to having to manually search for information, and I kind of miss it. There was an element of mystery, and the chance to stumble upon more information while searching for the answers I needed, plus, I was already at the library, so I might as well search for something fun to read while I was there!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m with you on this, Brad. I definitely don’t want to be the old dude that doesn’t know anything, but I also think there is such a thing as too many choices and unnecessary functions that we don’t need. I mainly get frustrated at not talking with people in real time when issues arise.

  6. It was somewhere before I had a sheet of paper with dozens of passwords.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    I loved reading your sweet spots Brad. Very interesting and pretty comprehensive. I would have to really think about this before responding. I don’t send cards on the computer I send hand written cards to my friends. I get very sad when I go out and see couples having a seventy dollar meal and reading their phones instead of conversing. However I am a person who researches all sorts of things and often. I love the ability to do that. However a sweet spot of mine is knowing you can research every person you meet for a small amount of money and know everything about that individual. Sexual Robots are another sweet spot for me. They can’t make them fast enough in China. In many incidents going forward is going backwards in values. I will stop now but very interesting topic Brad. Thanks for encouraging this line of thinking as I believe it is very important. Big hugs Brad. Sending you my love, Jonikins ❤️🤗🦋

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