Blog: Modern technology can sometimes lead us astray (8/13/22)

Modern technology can be wonderful, often making life easier, but other times it is confusing and leads us astray.

Googling, email, texting, and cellphones have made gathering information and finding facts easier in many ways, but you still need to know your sources. Some people consider everything they read online to be the truth. It’s dangerous. It’s the same with Facebook

While visiting a medical professional recently, I admitted that I had googled some medical facts which she insisted on being careful with my sources. She continued by providing me with reliable research sites to explore.

In the information profession, it is the same thing. A reporter is only as good as a source. Often, trust in each other’s credibility is earned by working together for months, years and decades.

Email is great. You can send communication when it fits your schedule and the recipient can respond at their convenience. The same goes for SMS and private messaging. I can receive texts and messages from family that lives a few blocks away, across the state or around the world at any time.

I appreciate being able to go online and investigate a problem or an item I’m thinking of buying. I expect the information to be easy to identify and understand. I want to be able to ask questions online or in person when I’m going to make a decision. Although I want information, I don’t necessarily want to join a group that might latch onto my personal information.

I love many of the benefits of modern technology, but I also have a few that I don’t.

I despise robocalls, especially ones that use an area code and prefix. If I don’t have a number programmed into my phone or if I don’t recognize the number, I probably won’t answer.

But, I don’t want to have to sign up for an app to look up a restaurant or fast food restaurant’s menu or see what the prices are when I’m trying to make a decision on what I want for lunch or dinner.

I may have decided to watch both my calorie intake and my wallet. I like being able to compare what local food sites might offer. I can be told the calories but not the cost. I’m going to move on and need to state where I am in the world so they can give me info on the cost of the menu item.

I’m happy to say that I don’t have that problem with local restaurants.

I think about packing my lunch and bringing it to work. I’ll know the calories, if it’s gluten free and probably save some money. I can usually find what I need, but if not, I appreciate being helped by a store employee. The only problem is when it’s time to check out. I try not to use the self checkouts. If I wanted to verify articles, I would work as an auditor. Oh that’s right. These jobs are harder to find these days.

Barbara Ann Horton is a staff writer at the Daily American Republic. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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