Digital age is here, like it or not.

My husband refused to enter the 21st century. I had to drag him in kicking and screaming. He isn’t one for computers or cellphones, and rarely uses the Internet. Give him a shack in the woods with a wood-stove and a radio and he’s happy, but myself and roughly 84% of the rest of Canada can’t get enough of the electronic age, or, more precisely, digital media.

Along with laptops, cellphones and the Internet, digital media has become an all-consuming entity. Promises of faster internet speeds, sleeker gear and more gigs for storage, not to mention access to just about anything you ever want at the click of a mouse, has transformed many of us into tech addicts starving for the latest download, patch, or blog that might stave off our craving.

What’s wrong with that? Personally, I find it very convenient to pay bills or shop online, and now that I have a faster internet connection, I’m doing a lot more. I’m on a few social networks — I find them a great way to keep tabs on friends and family — and yes, I am one of those people who checks their e-mail several times a day.

While we are a far cry from plugging anything into the back of our necks The Matrix style, technology is growing exponentially. Is this the outlook for the future? Receiving all our information at the touch of a button? It may seem impersonal and sterile, but the digital age is here, my friends, and it’s kicking butts and taking names.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

4 Responses to Digital age is here, like it or not.

  1. I had to laugh when I read this because I’m with your hubby on this. Although I was assimilated, I did not go silently into the night.

    When it comes to gizmos and advances, my husband is on the cutting edge and he always drags me with him–almost always unwillingly. I’ve conceded that it is more convenient and efficient, but i still don’t like it.

    I think it’s because every time I depend on a third party (like the internet) it takes a little more control from me.

    For example, I pay my water bill in person. They don’t have an online option. I know that water bill will always be paid. And I know an actual human saw and stamped my check. There’s comfort in control. Every day, technology finds ways to take a little more of that away from us.

    I’m not saying life isn’t better with technology, but there’s a definite tradeoff.

    • It’s funny you mention bills, he’s been trying to set it up so he can get our mortgage statement online from the bank, but to this day, it’s never worked, and he curses it every time. 😀

  2. I am not a fan of the digital age at all. But you can’t put that genie back in the bottle.

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