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Assets In Action: Technology can be a blessing or a curse

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, we talk about technology as it relates to adults.
To me, technology is a blessing and a curse.
When I know what I’m doing, it is a blessing. When I don’t know what I’m doing, it is a curse.
I have a cell phone — by no means top of the line, actually a hand-me-down from my son. It is not a Smart phone, but alas, it is probably smarter than I am.
The other day I was at Smith’s in White Rock, when a young worker named Shane (I think … I’m a bear of very little brain this week), asked to scan the barcode looking emblem on my shirt.
You see them everywhere now, in advertisements, in stores and more.
Do you know what happens when you scan them or what they do?
Well, Shane took the time to show me what happens.
The shirt I was wearing was for a group called America’s Promise. The emblem on the back of the shirt was able to be scanned by his cell phone and it took him to their website.
Yes, a cell phone that could take a photo of what looks like a puzzle piece on my shirt, allowed the boy to look up information about a program and our community and have it all at his fingertips.
Amazing!
Now, I want to talk about the downside of technology for me.


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