Tim Miller crystallizes what I have been trying to convey to the naysayers of technology.
Without my computer, I would not have started blogging, which has given me a creative outlet, a form of self-therapy and an online community. Without my mobile devices, I would be tied to my desk and unable to keep in touch with special contacts on the go. I would not be able to post as I am doing now, at 5 a.m., in the dark, in my bed.
My devices serve as a welcome distraction when I need to be patient while waiting my turn or when I am bored in the company of people ignoring me. Devices enable me to indulge my longing for control and organization, and animosity toward mounds of paper.
People I know who are not only adverse to but also take offense to devices, have their own distractions, which include filling their homes with sentimental mementos and photos. They claim we’ve lost human connection. I would not begrudge them their emotional attachments or face-to-face engagements. Some of these people have a hard time letting things go. Likewise, I expect them to hold their judgment about my appreciation for the tools that help me work through my emotions, engage others with insights and humor, organize my stuff, and let go of thoughts through the magic of the written word.