America has changed. As technology has moved forward, our minds and bodies have moved inwards. Let me clarify:
“Nearly half of all American adults (45%) and two-thirds of all young adults now own a smart phone.. 31% of American adults now own tablet computers” and you can imagine how many personal computers and laptops are jammed into each home in our techno-savvy nation. Furthermore, “80% of cell phone owners use their cell phone to send or receive text messages” and “as of December 2012, 67% of online adults use social networking sites” (Pewinternet.org).
Fancy statistics, I hear you. But what do they mean? Well- let me ask you this: What’s the difference between sending a text message and actually calling someone? Is it more meaningful to say “Happy Birthday!” to a friend on Facebook or to show up to their birthday dinner and truly celebrate with them?
I’m not arguing that smart phones and social networking sites are bad. In fact, I think they’re genius. But they are driving us inward. You might be one of the greatest people-persons the world has ever seen, but if you’re not a good writer- you’ll never be judged as a great communicator on Facebook or via text. These technologies have made life easier, no doubt, but they are also alienating us from others. Think about it. You might’ve had 25 different conversations today, booked a lunch meeting for tomorrow and organized a ride home for your kids from soccer practice without ever hearing another person’s voice.
What’s your point, Caveman?!
In the future, we will be in a state of isolationism and alienation. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans currently work from home? “And that number is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years, according to a study by the Telework Research Network” (Forbes.com).
If many of us are eventually destined to work from home, what is the most important thing we can do for ourselves?
Invest in home security. Alarm systems, surveillance cameras and exterior alert devices are the airbags of the future.
My number one goal in life is to provide a safe environment for my family to grow and be happy in. I can’t protect them while they’re online because I’m not as big of a computer guy as I probably should be. I can, however, build a fortress of security around them while they’re safe and in my home.
I think there are a lot of people out there who just don’t understand home security technology or just don’t want to get ripped off. Here’s some truth: There are cost-friendly solutions to home security systems everywhere and most of the technology is not very complex. Many alarm systems for example feature touch-screens and very simple installations. They are no more complex than understanding how to upload pictures and tag your friends in them on Facebook. As far as getting ripped off- you have to do your research. Find a home security system that matches your lifestyle and go with your gut.
Believe what you want to about the future, but ask yourself this question before you go: How many people have you verbally talked to today? Now pace back to 5 years ago today. Same question. Has the number shrunk? Do you eventually see your home becoming family and business central? If so, it’s time to protect it the right way.
Boy, do I miss the good ole days of cave dwelling.