An Open Letter to Technology

Subject: An Open Letter to Technology
From: Your friend Serena
Date: 18 Jul 2015

Dear Technology,

We've been friends now for quite some time. I was hooked the first time I got onto our family's Tandy computer in 1988. (I would play Space Invaders and Frogger for hours at a time, enthralled at how those pixelly little characters moved.) I listened to vinyls on our record player, and I watched movies on the Betamax.

My world was rocked (literally) with the invention of the walkman (later upgraded to a sleek CD model), and for my 13th birthday I got my very own boombox. I was in music heaven, thanks to you.

You later blessed me with an iPod, DVD player and DVR, and oh, the bliss...the internet! You've revolutionized my world, affording me opportunities I never dreamed of - from banking and shopping online, to keeping in touch with friends via social media, to hearing about breaking news just seconds after it happened.

I love that you (well, and my beloved boss) allow me to work from home with wi-fi on my laptop, mount my flat-screen TV on my wall, and carry a mini-computer iPhone that is glued to my hip.

You've changed my life for the better, Technology. And for that, I'm grateful.

But we need to have a talk.

I have to be honest with you, Technology. Sometimes you make me want to scream.

I depend on you. (I confess that I may actually be co-dependent when it comes to you.)

So when you don't come through for me, my world turns upside down. When my cell phone freezes or my laptop is being sluggish, you don't understand how this affects me. I take it personally that you slow down my work, not to mention my ability to log into Facebook every second of every day.

In my anger, sometimes I bad mouth you to my friends. And bang my hands against the keyboard. And curse repeatedly at you, even though I know it doesn't help the situation. For this, I'm truly sorry.

I admit that my expectations have been too high, Technology. I realize that I use you a lot - perhaps even abuse you at times. And I can't expect you to work perfectly all the time, but I do. I've been wrong. Can you forgive me for putting so much pressure on you?

Technology, you truly amaze me. When I pause to think about how complex and remarkable it is that you put the entire internet in my hand, I'm convinced that I need to be more patient with you. I'm committed to working on this.

I'm glad we're in this relationship, Technology. I can't imagine life without you. And I can't wait to see where the future takes us.


Your friend Serena