Dependency on Technology Has Reached Critical Mass
Every thought, every action it seems today must get validation from followers, friends and even strangers. You can now express your thoughts no matter how random they may be to the world at large. Putting out random musings on social websites for some is necessary in their minds for survival and this may mean that their very survival is in question when they are called upon to act during a crisis.
People are convinced they cannot survive without checking in with, and getting approval from others to make sure, they are doing what everyone else is doing and to get that “like” for corroboration.
When it comes to surviving a crisis, will your followers give you what you need?
This nation and the world rely on technology to the point that people are actually searching for how to boil water. There are in fact over 30 million webpage’s devoted to the noble cause of water boiling. There must be a demand for the knowledge, which tells you all you need to know about how technology has deprived many people of the most basic of skills. It is too easy to search online than to actually think about it.
However, where will people go for help when the Internet crashes nation or worldwide and the cell towers stop working because of a calamity of one sort or another. Where indeed will they get the information needed to survive. How long before people begin to realize that the electronic gadgets they so coveted cannot produce water, provide shelter nor will they be able to talk into their devices and have food delivered and directions will not be forthcoming so many will be lost in their very own neighborhoods.
Embrace Technology but Learn What to Do Without It
A three-day disruption of electricity can be an adventure, a five-day disruption is an inconvenience, a seven-day disruption is a mild calamity, and beyond a week, it is a crisis. Not many people today are prepared to deal with a crisis because they are convinced that they can handle whatever comes up because they are connected, connected electronically.
Some unbelievably never equate the loss of electricity with the loss of cell or Internet connection. Sporadic outages of course have no effect on cell service but a significant outage will cause the cell service to fail because the backup power will not be able to handle the number of calls and eventually backup power will run out anyway.
Then there is the battery life of your devices. How long can you talk on your phone without the ability to recharge it? It may only be a matter of hours or even minutes, so regardless of the switching station overload from panicked callers, you may be incommunicado because of a dead cell phone battery. Technology tends to let you down at the most inconvenient times.
Can You Survive
Technology is only useful when it works and most of not all technology of any significance relies on electricity and other fuels, in other words, for it to be useful it must be powered up.
You may have read stories in the news about people blindly following their onboard GPS systems and ending up in a lake or lost in some remote area because they never questioned the technology. Not having any idea of how to navigate without technology puts people in a dangerous situation.
When disaster does strike, people will turn to their gadgets, the Internet and smart phones to find the devices unable to help because technology is also dependent on things as well. Things that will not be present during a disaster, so until machines can think and replicate on their own they will be dependent upon mankind and power sources that only humans can provide.
It may be akin to the cold war philosophy of mutually assured destruction. Machines are telling humans if you do not provide me with the needed energy we will fail you and leave you the poor helpless humans without the ability to think on your own. It is a self-sustaining cycle until something breaks that cycle. Machines can however, lay dormant until activated again whereas humans must begin the task of surviving alone from the minute the machines go into hibernation.
Go Technology Free For Short Periods
Do you even know how to make toast or coffee without technology? Toasters now talk to you so you can get the perfect color, push a button, the toast is lowered and a beep signals it is ready, everything is done for you except for applying the butter.
Pick a weekend and “go dark” go off grid in your own home so you can begin to learn how to accomplish the most basic of tasks without the benefit of technology. Learn to accomplish tasks by sunlight so you can conserve fuels for illumination at night.
The darkness for early humans was for sleeping only and the body clock of all humans is set by the rising and setting of the sun. Plants and animals also behave according to the sun’s cycle. Tasks were completed using daylight, so humans were up with the sun to take advantage of the light.
Once you have gone dark, you may find that you sleep better and have more energy. This means you can once again think on your own and your first instinct will be to reason out problems instead of reaching for your smart phone or saying “let me look it up online”.
It will be difficult for many, and the first few days will be stressful, because you have been conditioned a certain way and that is to rely on technology instead of your own instincts.
If you do not train in a controlled environment where mistakes are not life threatening, and where you can learn from them you will never survive when the nation or world goes dark for real. There are no do over’s in a real crisis a mistake is final and there are no learning curves either you know what to do or you do not survive.
You must get to the point where machines are your second choice and not always your first instinct. Some adults reach for calculators to do calculations that were once taught in grade school. A calculator should be gathering dust and only used for complicated equations and not simple adding, subtraction and division. Imagine what children and young adults will go through when technology is no longer at their fingertips.
Start by listing tasks you do at home during the normal course of a day and begin to think about how to do those same things without electricity, Internet or cell phone service. You may find that certain chores are no longer needed because many involve connecting with others and getting approval before you can start your day.