A Catalog of Benefits

I wonder if anyone is really cataloging the benefits of technology for individual users?

When I think about my personal use of technology, what “price tag” could I put on the ability to draft ideas with a keyboard and screen, instead of the Smith Corona I had in high school? Or the ability to do a limited “self-publish” like this blog, and be encouraged or challenged by other thinkers around the world. What is the value of being able to read so many fascinating articles, personal reports and ideas shared by others online that would never be in my local newspaper, TV news or library?

Maybe I should try to calculate savings based on better purchases of cars, real estate and other durable goods based on the expanded comparison research I can do. Or retirement investments, subscriptions and other expenses I choose to take on after research. The availability of the position I have now was discovered online.

Without personal computers and the Internet, life would go on. We’d work and live and make decisions without it. But I wonder if the opportunities wouldn’t be more local, and the creation and sharing of ideas and voices a little more difficult. Some people seem desperately concerned and worried about an increasingly connected planet, but respect for each other appears to be increasing as our lives become less local.

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