Rhett Smith Podcast 24: How Technology Shapes Us, Informs our Identity, and Some Boundaries We Can Implement as We Use It

RSP24I love technology. It has absolutely shaped my life in some amazing ways in the last 12 years especially. Technology can encompass all kinds of things, but the technology I’m primarily speaking about here have to do with computers, cell phones and social media. In fact, there was a season of my life for about 7-8 years where I spoke quite frequently on the role of technology in our lives, specifically the impact it can have not only on us, but in our relationships. Though I don’t go out and speak on technology as often these days, it’s still something that I talk about everyday in my work with my clients and in my personal relationships.

In this episode I wanted to briefly explore 3 aspects of technology that I think are really important. These three aspects are constant and never changing which is an important distinction in the world of technology which feels like it’s always changing. The three aspects are:

  • technology shapes us
  • technology informs our identity
  • technology needs boundaries as we use it

I think that if someone grasps these three components of technology, then they can successfully navigate the world of technology in some healthy ways.

So in this episode I explore:

  • the importance of thinking about technology and the impact is has on us as we use it.
  • the idea that technology is not neutral.
  • the metaphor of a shovel in describing technology as a tool that shapes us.
  • the idea that technology often is a tool that mediates our relationships.
  • the metaphor of a mirror in describing how technology informs our identity.
  • the idea that technology needs boundaries in our use of it.
  • the metaphor of a tray/basket in describing how technology needs boundaries.
  • ways that people can immediately go out and engage in some healthy practices and boundaries in their technology use.

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Resources and Links Mentioned in the Episode

The Influence of Technology in our Lives

Maintaining Relational Presence in a Technological World

From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer

The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life by Kenneth Gergen

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan

Exploring the Way that Technology Shapes Us, Our Relationships, and our Faith — with Author, Technologist and Theologian, John Dyer

Two Technology Tips That Will Transform Your Relationships

1 Comment

  1. by Kari on April 30, 2017  11:51 am Reply

    Really interesting and lots to think about here. Thanks for brain hooks of the shovel, mirror and tray, very helpful! As I was listening I kept thinking of this collection of pictures that was done illustrating how tech can keep us apart, and often gets in the way of our relationships. I am sure many people have seen these, but it not, they really drive the point home. They made a big impact on my life and on my actions as well. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/10/11/photographer-removes-phones-from-his-images-to-show-how-addicted-weve-become/

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