Should we take it for granted that progress is always progress, that better technology is always, well, a better idea?
Not everyone does. In the last post we learned what Plato thought about writing his thoughts on paper, what worried a Swiss biologist about the printing press, and what scared my grandmother about electricity.

What worries you about technology? There’s a gender split on that issue, according to The Harris Poll that was taken online (ironically enough) June 12-17, 2013.

Men are more likely than women to agree that technology has improved the overall quality of their lives (76% men, 68% women) and that it encourages people to be more creative (69% men, 61% women). Men are also more likely to believe technology has a positive impact on several functional aspects of their lives, such as their safety and security (40% men, 33% women), their work productivity (38% men, 31%, women) and their productivity at home (38% men, 30% women). However, men are more likely to see technology as having a negative effect on their lives in more emotional areas such as their happiness (11% men, 6% women) and their social life (10% men, 6% women).

Women also show some conflicting emotions toward tech. On the one hand, they are more likely than men to believe it has a positive effect on their relationships with friends (51% women, 44% men) and their happiness (44% women, 37% men); on the other hand, they’re more likely to believe it has a negative effect on their productivity at home (25% women, 20% men). Women are also more likely than men to agree that technology has become too distracting (73% women, 64% men).

So what do you think? Is better technology always a better idea? What do you think future generations will think of what we are worried about?

Enough questions? Just kidding. You can never ask too many questions.


The people of Grand Rapids created a new cluster of prosperity, Medical Mile, while the rest of Michigan was crashing around them during the decade from Hell. How did that do it? By asking the question, Why Not?

Last Chance Mile: The Reinvention of an American Community tells that story and is available wherever books are sold online and in brick-and-mortar stores. All you have to do, is ask.

Rod Kackley, the author of Last Chance Mile: The Reinvention of an American Community , has also written for Crain’s Detroit Business, MiBiz and The Detroit News.

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