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By simonge (registered) | Posted December 22, 2010 at 08:56:10

Great article Ben. I too have had a mixed relationship with technology. I worked at tech firms for most of my career selling the latest and greatest and frankly loved the ride. However, in my current coaching business and in my own life I am more apt to notice the limitations of some of this technology and the downsides.

E-mail is probably my favourite example. What started off as a great time saver and novel way to share, in many settings has turned into a way to shuffle work and avoid conflict. This isn't to say we should get rid of e-mail, but we need to be more intentional about how we use it.

One other thought here is that I'm cautiously optimistic our children may do a better job than us as the digital natives they are. My 11-year old has had access to computers, internet, IM, ipods etc. for pretty much his whole life. He uses them seamlessly with his friends and at school and it seems to work. On the other hand I haven't bought him a blackberry so I can monitor his homework and send him new chores 7/24. Hmmm - there's an idea just in time for St. Nick!

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