Nowadays, it seems like various forms of technology are vying to become your one and only friend. Television and radio have been replaced by online video games, phone applications, podcasts, blogs, vlogs, robot people, robot pets, automated tellers, virtual assistants, online robots, and all forms of social media, each of which is demanding your focus and attention.
In addition, content providers and influencers (often with little to nothing to offer but a pulse and cell phone) vie for your attention.
So, beware the faux friend. Yes, with selective wisdom, these tools can offer life benefits and valuable assistance.
- Parents using Facebook to share pictures of the grandkids with the grandparents… wonderful. Keeping up to speed with what everybody had for lunch… not so much.
- A true expert’s video on how best to plant tomatoes or repair a dryer… instructive. Sharing a video of someone else taking in a concert or lying on the beach… not so much.
- A blog that thoughtfully outlines the pros and cons of important debate questions… helpful and thought-provoking. Pollsters and positional advocates screaming their positions at you… insulting.
- A game of online chess with a friend… priceless. The irresistible and unrelenting mental stimulation provided by video game bells, whistles, and other forms of automated reinforcement… diabolical.
Poor investment choices can yield little value and demand an excessive cost of focus, time, and energy. These tools attempt to create lasting yet meaningless relationships. Reject that nonsense, and invest in real people, pets, and plants; you will be much more content.