Can We Survive Without Our Devices?

Chris Kalaboukis
3 min readJun 5, 2022

We are getting close to the point, and in some cases have already arrived, at which we are unable to function normally without the assistance of augmentation.

When was the last time you stopped staring at your phone or took a vacation from your social media accounts?

We are already, to some extent, cyborgs, as I’ve mentioned previously, and even while we don’t have cybernetic implants as the Borg have, we nonetheless cling to our electronics as if ripping them away from us would tear at the flesh. Worse yet, we have started to place our faith in our electronic devices; I am just as guilty of this as everyone else. Whenever I schedule a call or a meeting, I have to immediately add it to my calendar; otherwise, I will never remember it. I have even gone so far as to argue that if the meeting is not on my calendar, then it does not exist.

I’m using the device as a backup brain, my off-brain storage facility, and all of the information can be accessed in an instant with only a few touches. Many productivity experts, such as Robert Allen, author of the book Getting Things Done, commend this kind of approach and encourage individuals to write down their chores, perform them immediately if they take less than two minutes, and schedule them in advance if they take more time.

Already, we put all of our faith in our devices to recall important details for us. Because of this, many of us are willing to hand over control of our private information to the companies that operate the apps that are installed on our mobile devices. These companies collect our data and then use it to provide us with information that is ever more compelling. This information is constantly being updated so that it can evoke stronger feelings of anger and resentment in us.

It’s almost as bad as taking drugs, considering that medicines don’t usually adapt their effects to the person who’s taking them (although there may be medications like that on the market that I’m not aware of). We put a lot of faith in our technology, and when it lets us down, we point the finger at the technology itself. However, the fact that it works as well as it does at all should be enough to amaze us. The desire is there to put our faith in the technology, but it’s possible that we shouldn’t.