I have no difficulty admitting that technology can drive me crazy; but it keeps me young, if not in years at least in energy. As both friend and writer, I live on my iPad, smartphone and computer. I search on Google, shop by Amazon, read iBooks and keep up with world events via the digital NYT and CNN. My kids (and grandkids) help me with the difficult stuff, like travel arrangements, games and tech-language. Still, as with Kleenex, Velcro and Scotch tape, today’s technology prompts the question: “How did I ever get by without it?”

But, beware! Computer technology and its offspring, social media in its many forms, with all their wonders can become addictive to anyone who is unaware of or ignores their dark sides. They start off as wonder worlds, become playgrounds, and then close friends, workplace colleagues, but users in a brief time can lock into a life of social isolation, insensitive choices and self-centeredness.  Still, the technology they embody is evolution in action, surging our world into the future at a far greater rate than even Darwin could have imagined.

These days, computer technology and social media seem to be using each other for their own purposes while users with darker agenda use them to do likewise. The World Wide Web may be constantly collapsing boundaries, but social media is running amok with insensitivity and recklessness, immediacy too easily becoming more important than accuracy.  I plead guilty to falling prey to that tendency, not rereading and hitting “send” prematurely. I try to remind myself that words in print and via media have a power and lifespan mere spoken words usually do not. But they deserve the time it takes to make them clear and honest.

 All is not dark, however. Ours has always been a world of discovery, extensive and expanding knowledge, and innovation. As an “ager” and non-techie I am grateful to still be and feel a part of it and understand enough to play with technology to get by, though I can barely keep up with its constant changes. I cannot imagine what that world will be like even ten years hence. But I know if I am still around, my thumbs will still be trying to learn how to text.

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