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Basic 2-Ply Technology July 23, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, People.

Wikipedia ~ AT&T Phone (in Public Domain)

Yesterday’s WP Prompt asked whether people are too dependent on technology.

While that depends on the person and the technology, I have noticed the increasing paradox of technology:

1.  Technology has worked to our benefit and our detriment.  We have more “free time”  but we don’t always use it wisely.

2.  Technology simplifies our lives while making our lives more complex.

As labor saving devices have grown more sophisticated, they have become more difficult to repair using rubber bands, scotch tape, and paper clips.

3.  Technology brings us closer together while pushing us farther apart ~ with improved transportation, extended families are spread out across entire countries and continents rather than remaining in close-knit communities.

4.  Technology makes cyber communication easier than ever while making it more difficult for us to feel truly connected:

* People friend (and unfriend) virtual strangers on FB with the click of a button and little or no exchange of “real” information

* Instead of talking with family around the dinner table or sitting on front porches, stoops, and fire escapes to chat with passers-by, we converse in cyber space or via text for hours on end . . . saying next to nothing.

* We “hang out” with friends in chat rooms, and flip through their photos on Facebook, without ever being in the same room.

* Sometimes, when we are physically present with friends and family, we are miles away as we surf the net and text our cyber pals.

And, then, there’s . . . HootSuite n : yet another layer of technology to coordinate all the other layers of technology that keep us from living in the real world.

Of course, advances in technology have made life cleaner, fresher, safer, and more palatable in many ways:

* Refrigeration eases meal preparation.
* Air Conditioning reduces perspiration.
Answering machines buffer us from “civilization.”
Indoor plumbing and toilet paper aid evacuation.

Although I’m a bit of a tree hugger, toilet paper is a  convenience worth its weight in pulp to me.

It’s sanitary and it’s a real time saver . . .

Just wipe and flush ~ no need to air dry your ass.

As far as I’m concerned, toilet paper is one of the best inventions ever.

I just can’t imagine greeting overnight guests with, “So great to see you!  Here’s your towel, your wash cloth, and . . . your butt wipe.”

Basic 2-ply technology will always be in demand . . . in our house anyway.

No rules.  Just write!

Related post:  Technology (MissWhipLash)


1. Maxim - July 23, 2011

I can’t imagine what I would do all day if I didn’t have a computer. People are quite addicted.

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

I definitely feel “disconnected” when cyber communication links are broken and I can’t access e-mail, WordPress, or on line accounts.

When I leave the house, I leave cyber technology behind ~ no lap top, no smart phone, no blackberry.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😀

2. misswhiplash - July 23, 2011

Hi Nancy. I did my usual Plinky prompt on Technology. It was only after I had finished and thought about it some more that I realized that I had forgotten some of the real benefits . Things like research into what were killer diseases, So many nasty illnesses have come under control or eradicated due to modern scientific methods and even as you say ..loo paper..once upon a time it was newspaper. I can remember my Grandad had torn up newspaper in the loo..then came Izal which was like crepe paper. Nowadays we have softer than soft so technology does have great benefits. It is just that we think of the material ones and forget the basics,

Thank you for that great post and I love the elephant on the loo!

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

Glad you enjoyed ~ modern conveniences are wonderful, as long as we remember to balance our “air time” with fresh air.

I’ll swing by and read your post.

3. kateshrewsday - July 23, 2011

LOL plan speaking for a Saturday afternoon! I’ll s!pend the rest of the day dissolving in laughter when I look at the toilet paper…what a truly awesome technological advance….

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

Toilet paper rarely gets the appreciation it deserves. 😀

4. creatingreciprocity - July 23, 2011

Technology is a tool and the philosophy of tools is that we learn to use them – not vice versa. They shouldn’t define us in any way. Sometimes when we get a new tool (a food processor or saw or whatever) we run around trying to find things to bake or saw just so we can play with our new toy – I think that’s natural and sort of what is happening in our society at the moment. There won’t be any problems long term though as long as we see these things as tools and therefore use them when they are useful to us but refuse to be defined by the them. Or at least that’s what I tell myself as I write this on a computer and send it on the internet!

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

Great point ~ it is up to the individual to maintain perspective. Sadly, many don’t. They see cell phones, smart phones, and other technology as an extension of who they are, and define themselves by the technology they own.

Like hangbags and shoes, they feel the need to “update their wardrobe” each season so that they stay “in fashion.” 🙄

5. Piglet in Portugal - July 23, 2011

Card games and family games cannot be replaced by technolgy.

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

I agree. Family Fun is a wonderful way to feel “connected.” 😀

6. Tammy - July 23, 2011

Oh the technology of toilet paper. I have a mighty awesome espresso machine here on my counter that I really do love. And my AC unit on this 110 degree day.

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

I hear ya, Tammy! Those three technologies really advanced civilization: TP, A/C, and Coffee. 😉

7. Patricia - July 23, 2011

Toilet paper….and disposable feminine hygiene products…wonders of modern life

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

So true. And showers. Because now we smell better. Especially on hot summer days. 😉

8. Naomi Estment - July 23, 2011

LOL! What a photo! I’m with you all the way on the 2-ply, Nancy 😀

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

I’m glad I don’t have to buy TP for Jumbo! 😀

9. Carl D'Agostino - July 23, 2011

Micro wave oven gets my vote

nrhatch - July 23, 2011

Good choice, Carl.

10. jannatwrites - July 24, 2011

I love toilet paper, too! That’s the one thing we never run out of in the house because it would be a tragedy.

Technology does have its pros and cons, but I’m with the other commenters who valued the conveniences of air conditioning and microwave ovens. I also like my garage door opener and the remote control. It would be terrible to have to get out of the car to open the garage door myself 😉

nrhatch - July 24, 2011

Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup. I like my A/C, the microwave, the remote control and the garage door opener.

I also like my coffee maker. A lot. 😎

11. therealsharon - July 24, 2011

I agree with all you said about it both taking away from things AND adding to it….I feel like many things can be just like technology, though. Even too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad, right?
I, too, could NOT live without toilet paper. 🙂

nrhatch - July 24, 2011

Thanks, Sharon. We should reduce our reliance on most disposable products. Especially styrofoam.

But give up TP? No Way! 🙂

12. eof737 - July 24, 2011

You are funny and that elephant is amazing me… With all that great technology has come misuse/abuse and cyber crimes. So while we enjoy the rewards of being plugged it, we must also contend with the dangers of overexposure. Loved this one. 🙂

nrhatch - July 24, 2011

Thanks, E! Life is full of paradox . . . and technology seems to have more than its fair share.

My favorite paradox: Less is More. 😛

13. Linda - July 24, 2011

I could completely do without facebook. I can’t imagine living without the internet and my computer. Neither my cell phone nor internet phone work worth two cents and we sure pay a lot more for them than that. Indoor plumbing and toilet paper are the best!!!

nrhatch - July 24, 2011

I am seldom on Facebook . . . but I do visit friends from time to time and check out their photos, etc.

When we’ve been without internet (during moves, etc.), I have missed it terribly.

Except when camping, I’ve never been without indoor plumbing ~ and even in National Forests, the “latrines” provide TP. I can’t imagine using anything but on my butt. 😉

14. hugmamma - July 25, 2011

Love your reference to “air drying your ass.” I’ve used outhouses when I was small, and the newspaper strips left to wipe ourselves were not what I’d call comfy wiping. I know I could never go backwards as far as technology is concerned. But we can certainly opt to try and control its uses, so that it doesn’t run us. 😉

nrhatch - July 25, 2011

That’s the key . . . we should not become slaves to technology ~ it makes a better “servant” than “master.”

I have a vague recollection of camping without a handy supply of TP ~ not sure what we used. I guess that would be one way to recycle old telephone books. 😉

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nrhatch - August 11, 2011

Mmm . . . coffee. A great way to start the day. 😀

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