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Technology is making life simpler and allowing people more time for other things. But, do people know what to do with that time?

This is a perennial question around Technology and science advancement. Are we making people dull? Do they really know what to do with the time that technology provides? Where is the society movement to bring purpose into the lives of people who suddenly have free time to think about this thanks to technology?

I haven't found an answer to this question. Particularly to how we as technology providers can at the same time give a complimentary course of action for the free time and enhance the overall quality of life, not only with simplicity and time provision but also with a higher purpose for the newly found space to be filled.

I think without solving this technology is a one way street not a dialogue that might leave people and society at large to hollow to design its own next best form in the future.

Thanks for your contribution to solve this little puzzle in my head!

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    Aug 16 2012: i'm not convinced 'technology' actually creates spare time for anyone.

    also, people know exactly what they want to do with their spare time, when they can get it.

    so, no, technology is not making people dull.
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      Aug 16 2012: Hi Scott, Thanks for your post, and I agree in regards to spare time, sometimes they do, but on aggregate I believe society has always been impacted by technology. A thought experiment, after the Ford T, which was absolutely less time consuming in transportation than a horse carriage, what did people do with the extra time provided? Leisure activities? Instant gratification ? or Many more church and community activities that they could not carry before? Now compound that with the super-fast crazy technological advancements of today, are we able to catch –up? Or are we left hollow and dull, as don’t know what to do with the extra time provided?

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