Because of the rapid development of technology, humans have experienced a big bang of information. Although admittedly it brings a lot of data we can accumulate, analyze and then utilize, we need to keep a balance between its downsides and benefits. From printing press to computer and some other medias that consistently blow an significant amount of information to us, the development of information technology has gone a long way that our daily life is inevitably intertwined with social networking and medias. Even though technology has caused our concerns in many different ways, we should not ignore the benefits and privilege it gives us.
Cameras and camcorders grant us the privilege to look back into our childhood, recall those important moments in our life and imagine what we would do if we could take the time machine and go through those moments with a much more mature and experienced mind. I love watching the videos taken in the past, because they show what happened with sound, motion and people’s expression. Watching the video of my grandfather and I collecting shells and catching crabs on the beach in my hometown, I always longed for the curiosity I had towards the endless possibilities of nature. I had lost the pure appreciation of life as I grew up and found out the brutal sides of the reality. The video was like an intangible string which linked me back to the past and reminded me to remain thankful for the good things we have. When my grandfather passed away, I was confused and angry about his leaving. He went to a place where I had no clue and nobody would ever share the pure happiness with me of simply finding a shell that has never been seen before again. Life is all about balance. The more time we spend on and love we attach to someone, the more painful it would be to lose him or her. However, as a kid who had no idea about what life is, I had more confusion than sorrow. Without the video, I wouldn’t have been able to revisit my childhood and see my growth throughout these years.
Technology gives me the opportunity to keep my childhood memories and those precious moments. Yes, we cannot ignore the downsides and technology, but as long as we are not abusing the power of technology and become more aware of the things happening around us, we can still keep a balance between technology and our life.