The Miraculous, Joy-Bringing, and Family-Bonding Technology

Being an international student, displaced from everything and everyone I love, taught me how lonely some days across the pond can be. Especially those days when everything seems to go wrong. I cannot imagine how hard these situations had to be ten or twenty years ago, when no technology, able to connect people around the globe instantly, was around. . .

Fortunately for me, nowadays, we can reach our loved ones anytime in a blink of an eye. Although, from my personal experience, it is rather desired to text before calling because your sister could have, for example, just succeeded in putting her baby to sleep after two hours of constant crying and. . . Oh boy, you do not want to be the one who calls and wakes the baby up again.

Despite all the turmoil, claiming that smart phones, tablets, and other devices make us more harm than good, I am confident with saying that all this new technology makes my life abroad rather joyful. Moreover, it enables me to be “home” while being 7000 miles away. I can wish my mom happy birthday; I can brag about the beauty of Kansas City downtown in real time; I can see the very first steps of my beautiful niece. All these priceless moments would be lost to me, had not Steve Jobs invented this terrific technology, and had not some people from Microsoft stolen it from him then.

Currently, I am taking a communication course with professor Hamilton, which has been another marvellous experience at MidAmerica Nazarene University. We study how technology influences our conduct, our brains, and our lives in general. For me, it has been one of the most enriching and eye-opening courses because it taught me how quick the progress of technology is. For instance, did you know that our iPhones are two thousand times more powerful than the computer that got Apollo 11 on the Moon?

To conclude, technology is often the only way how to stay in touch with those we miss. It is very well so for me, which makes technology not just a cold piece of metal, but rather a virtual wormhole enabling me to go home whenever my mind pleases.

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Michal Riha

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