Column: Stress of technology

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I’m one of those crazy millennials. My cellphone rarely leaves my side. I spend most of my day in front of a computer screen and, well, I’m young.

I know my way around technology pretty well. That doesn’t mean I know how it works, but I can figure out how to fix basic issues and make things work when they hiccup.

But, even I hate technology sometimes.

As most people know, technology can do wonders in terms of making your life easier. But when it stops working, the heart rate goes through the roof.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the technological devices in my life. My cellphone has helped me track the Cubs even when I couldn’t watch the games. Love. It even let me see a photo of my dad and brother outside of Wrigley Field Wednesday night. What a moment.

But, my cable didn’t work when I did want to watch the game. Hate.

When I finally got around to doing homework this week — those Cubs are incredibly distracting — the program I had to use kept kicking me off the network. Hate.

Luckily, computers have this cool screen-grab feature that allowed me to piece together the assignment, sort of. Love. I just hope my instructor loves that piece of technology, too.

Heading into a weekend that will be non-stop homework, I can only hope that technology works in my favor.

I know these are problems that are only kind of problems. I mean, how lucky are we to have access to this kind of science. It makes our lives easier on so many levels. Often, I hear reporters and others reflect on what life would have been like before the Internet.

I am young enough to remember those days. My family had a computer growing up, but mostly I used it to play Oregon Trails when the weather was to cold or rainy to go outside. The computer screen, though, did not dominate my childhood as it does for so many today.

That might be why, even today, I enjoy trekking into the mountain. I know just about where the line is when cellphone service disappears heading up U.S. Highway 14 West. I revel in switching off the screen and knowing it won’t ring, vibrate or tweet at me while I enjoy a day disconnected.

The last few weeks have proven stressful in terms of technology — for me, my coworkers and others. Those days when we all pull our hair out and want to go “Office Space” on the copy machine are a good reminder of how spoiled we get by the science we so often take for granted.

Even more, though, they are a reminder of the relief we feel when we can switch those devices off. Go for it; unplug. Relax.

By |November 5th, 2016|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.