Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher (I know, I hadn’t heard of him, either). He believed in the theory that “the only thing that is constant in life is change.”
We can accept and enjoy a child, for example, as something that is constantly changing (or maybe something that always needs changing). Change is a good thing.
If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you know that change can often be frustrating. But it does not need to be so. Without getting all philosophical, let’s take a look at why technology changes, and why that is a good thing.
First of all, let’s go back to the 1980s. The ’80s were cool!
We had finally started to discover some pretty neat things you could do with computers, and life was good. We were comfortable (in our jean jackets and parachute pants).
But if technology stayed stagnant when we were comfortable, we wouldn’t have the amazing, life-changing things we do now. Our kids would still be playing with an old Speak and Spell from the ’80s instead of an iPad.
We’d still be recording cassette tapes of our favorite REO Speedwagon tunes. We’d actually have to watch TV in our living rooms.
The point is, even though we were comfortable, we didn’t know what we were missing. Technology brings discomfort, but it also brings ATMs, free one-day shipping, and online classes. It’s worth it.
That said, change is hard to handle sometimes. When technology companies like Facebook go and move stuff around, it gets confusing.
The key to handling change is this: wait a minute. That’s it. That’s the secret. Just wait a minute, and everything will be okay. You’ll learn the new software your company just purchased. You’ll figure out the home screen on your new phone. You’ll learn to navigate through the new Netflix layout.
If we can just take a minute to slow down, we’ll be much happier. Instead of threatening to jump over to Google Plus after the recent changes to Facebook, we should have looked at what was coming down the pipe. The new Facebook Timeline is going to be amazing…but I guarantee that people will freak out when it’s launched.
Change is good, people. I, for one, am grateful for the growing pains that come with technological advances.
We have some pretty amazing stuff because of them.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.