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We need to think seriously about what comprises a healthy technological diet.

We are surrounded by technology. We sleep with our phones, leave the TV on during dinner, genetically engineer our food, fight our wars with drones and travel any distance over 100 feet by car.

In the same way that we scrutinize the food that we eat, so, too should we think seriously about the technology we use.

I have a tin of organic, shade-grown, free trade coffee on a shelf in my kitchen. Why not hold my car to a similarly rigorous standard? I make an effort to eat fast food as infrequently as possible, so why shouldn’t I also try to cut down on the number of hours I spend parked in front of my TV each day? If I don’t want to buy beef that comes from cows raised on atrocious factory farms, why would I want to buy a cell phone made of pebbles wrought from the earth by people working in atrocious mining operations overseas?

It’s time to think about what comprises a healthy technological diet. Which of our devices belong at the bottom of the technological food pyramid, and which at the top? Which should we consume regularly for good health, and which should be used sparingly? Are there some which should not be used at all?


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    Oct 15 2012: Who are the "we" in your topic?

    If you are just trying to spread an awareness of hazards of what a "healthy technological diet" is, then I am forced to ask where did you get the awareness of those hazards to begin with? Seems "somebody" has already been seriously considering them already. Unless you are the first one to consider them and came up with them all on your own.

    Your narrative states a lot of hazards that seem personal to you. They may not be considered hazards to everybody else. You stated, "If I don’t want to buy beef that comes from cows raised on atrocious factory farms". That's OK with me if you choose not to buy your beef that way. But I like steaks, so I'm going to keep eating them and buying them, 'cos I don't think all those farms are "atrocious". And I will use a totally different criteria to determine if my buying a cell phone is justified, too. Comparing a cell phone purchase to beef farms is unrelated. The only relationship you presented about both of them is that you think the beef farm and the pebble mine are both "atrocious". How did you draw that conclusion?

    I'm not trying to say your topic is wrong in any way. Yes, we may need to periodically consider the "way things are". But choices are personal to each individual. I could not support all of your personal beliefs that the things you stated in your topic narrative are "hazards" to everybody.
    • Oct 15 2012: I think toward the end of your comment you hit the nail on the head. Each of us should think critically about what a healthy technological diet would be for ourselves. Of course no two people are the same, so everyone will end up reaching their own conclusions about what's best for them. My point is just that I think everyone should be asking themselves the same kinds of questions. How is my cell phone affecting my relationships? Should I spend as much time as I do watching TV? Should I own a TV at all? Would it be better if I drove my car less and walked more?

      In mentioning the coffee, fast food and beef, I am simply trying to point out that a lot of people put a lot of thought into the food they eat and how their food choices affect their health and the health of the world. We don't, on the other hand, seem to be similarly scrutinizing our choices and habits with regard to technology, even though the effects of an unhealthy technological diet might end up being just as serious as the effects of an unhealthy eating regimen.

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