Two Sides of the Coin
Updated: May 28, 2020
Whether we like it or not, it’s everywhere. Technology is woven into the fabric of (most of) our everyday lives. Sometimes, it serves a valuable purpose. Especially in this new era amid a global pandemic. It allows us to conduct our work from home and see our loved ones, albeit on a screen. Even in under resourced and remote areas of the world, most people have mobile phones, and benefit from them.
With millions of active customers, mobile money services, like MPESA, enable easy money transfers for those in remote areas of the world without bank accounts. This is only one of my favorite examples of how technology, specifically information and communication technologies, not only connect the world, but help alleviate poverty in certain cases.
However, there are two sides to every coin. Most of us are well aware of how much time we spend doing extraneous activities on various devices and platforms designed to be addictive. It’s up to us to decide just whether technology is a tool to help propel us forward, or a distraction that can drastically set us back.