Did you know that Finland is the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal requirement. According to a story on NPR, spokesperson Suvi Linden said that broad band connections with speedy access are a necessity for all of the nations five million people.
I consider it a necessity too. Technology has a way of taking over chunks of our lives – in a good way. I’m a bit weary of hearing how “addictive” the internet can be and how bad it is that we spend time in front of a screen. I enjoy it, both in the way it enhances connections in my life and in the challenge of learning new things. I love that I can keep in touch with friends on Facebook, send out updates about my businesses by email, buy plane tickets to visit my grandchildren, print out coupons, pay my bills, share this blog, etc., etc. All this in the privacy of my own home without burning up any gasoline.
For me, its even more fun when I have the right tools to do the job. I just upgraded to a fancy new computer and I’m a very happy camper. I’m in that new love affair euphoric place - I can’t wait to get home to see it, I stay up too late hanging out with it, I’m neglecting my other obligations, and I want to know everything about it.
I thought my old computer was just fine but now that I’ve made the switch I realize that the old keyboard was the equivalent of a 1920′s Royal manual typewriter in comparison and the monitor suddenly looks out of focus. I guess it’s like driving a perfectly reliable old clunker for years and not knowing what you’re missing with cruise control and power steering.
The technologies, like high speed internet, are a means to an end of course. To me it all boils down to having yet another tool in my bag of tricks for strengthening my link with others. Making connections and being able to communicate in more effective and efficient ways, is the payoff.
Anything that makes telling our stories easier is OK in my book.