Updated: Jul 30, 2020
tech·nol·o·gy | \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē
A capability given by the practical application of knowledge
A manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods or knowledge
The specialized aspects of a particular field of endeavor
When was the last time you weren’t using technology? In this day and age, we are constantly surrounded by it. It has become ingrained in everything we do from communicating to learning to creating. My phone and computer are constantly on me and without them I feel lost.
They are “capability given” that enhances my day-to-day tasks. I now have a world information at my fingertips. I can talk to anyone anywhere and have an immediate response. The way we communicate has been revolutionized. The idea of waiting for a letter or biding time until you see someone again has become a foreign concept.
How has technology revolutionized life so drastically? How do technology and religion interact?
A huge moment for the intersection of religion and technology was the invention of the printing press. Texts could be produced much quicker and in larger quantities thus allowing the masses to have access. Literacy rates increased and people had increased capability of reading and interpreting religious texts.
From the press to the radio to the television to the web, communication has increased. People are now able to discuss beliefs to a much larger audience. Great opportunities for connection are available. The importance is intentionally seeking out genuine connection.
However, I have also noticed a sense of dependence on technology. My computer broke earlier in the year and with it, my entire school routine broke with it. I could not access my schoolwork, my schedule, and various forms of communication. I was so out of the loop. It made me take a step back from technology and try to better understand how dependent I was becoming.
This dependence had in a way, started to infringe on my ability to be present in day to day life. I was so wrapped up in the next email I would write or the next project I would create that I had forgotten at times, to appreciate what I had in the present and the people around me.
It is necessary to disconnect and remember the simple pleasures of an actual book or letter, to be able to have a conversation without the disruption of phone alerts. I try to take time away from technology to focus on building meaningful connections. It has allowed me to grow in my own faith and relationships.