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Tethered to Technology

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When a server goes down and your business requires the internet, you feel it. A friend of mine  felt this pain. Acutely. Several days of crisis management—with a bit of anger management—were the results of a server gone down.

It spawned a lot of comments on our dependence on technology. I found I agreed with it all. I’m tied to technology.

But that hasn’t always been the case. You would think that years of missionary work in remote jungle villages would have proved sufficient insulation from ever becoming technology-dependent.

Initially, running water meant we ran to the river, the “corner store” was a 2 1/2 hour flight away, and a precious can of soda was lukewarm—but still precious.

Electrical power was limited to what a few solar panels could pump into our batteries. If the sun refused to shine, power dropped and was saved for our two-way radio, our only contact to the outside, to civilization. The internet? An impossibility.

Life was primitive. We called it rustic, the word invoking a more romantic aura than primitive. Life was rustic, but good.

But now? Life isn’t so rustic.

I’m blessed with modern appliances, electrical power not dictated by the amount of shining sun, hot water in the shower—and technology. I’ve returned to the twentieth century!

I find myself happily tethered to my cell phone, computer, and the illustrious internet. I find myself groaning along with my friend as the server went down. I realize how quickly our lives changed. Rustic turned high-tech. The internet replaced the two-way radio as our connection to world.

Life is different, but still good. Now, if only the server doesn’t go down before I post this….

Any one else out there who’s willing to admit they are happily tethered to technology? I would love to hear your thoughts!
(This has been re-posted
 from my other blog, Rosie Rambles On.)


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I am a pastor’s wife, former missionary, mother of four great sons, and author of three Christian suspense novels: Betrayed, Identity Revealed, and A Murder Unseen. (Available at: Amazon.com.) I have a passion for God, my family, and writing! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. May 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Oh, I’m tethered for sure! Not sure how “happily!” Most of the people I’m connected to via FB, Twit, etc., I wouldn’t know how to contact them if the internet went down! I sometimes wish for simpler times…

    • May 29, 2012 at 6:36 am

      So not quite “happily,” but “necessarily?” 🙂

      • May 29, 2012 at 6:46 am

        Yes, it’s necessary in this day/age. The only two people I’m not connected with via technology – my grandsons. We do all our exchanges in person. But I’m sure that will change!

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