The Pitfalls of Becoming Too Reliant On Technology

I’ll be the first to tell you how much I adore technology. Living in the future is the best! I love that I can tell my phone to turn on the lights at home or adjust my thermostat. The future is bright, and technology is making our lives easier every day.  

When we rely too much on anything, we sometimes lose our common sense. It’s like when people walk into Disneyland and ask what time the 3 o’clock parade starts. 



Having a backup is so important. We recommend having multiple backup solutions and making sure that backups happen frequently.  

Once your backups are up and running, you can sometimes get complacent, or you aren’t as careful with your files as you should be. I can’t tell you how many calls we get on the helpdesk from people asking us to restore a file they’ve deleted, changed, or overwritten. 

We know accidents happen, that’s why the backups are in place. But make sure that you’re backing up the right files and folders. Doesn’t hurt to double check that the backups are successful every now and then. 



Reminders are the best approach to keeping you on task. We no longer have to remember to do anything, because our devices do it all for us. But again, it’s easy to become complacent, which means we sometimes forget to even set those reminders. We are so used to our phone keeping us organized, but we have to remember that it can only do what we tell it to do. 

The other problem with this reliance is that sometimes technology fails. Our phone dies, our application stops working, we enter the wrong date and time, and several other problems that can occur. Suddenly, we are no longer being reminded to go to this or that appointment or accomplish a specific task. 

We need to take a little responsibility for ourselves and try to remember things on our own and use the phone as a backup for the many occasions we forget, not the other way around. 



I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone out of town and suddenly all my appointments are set at the wrong time. Time zones can be tricky things, and you need to be extremely careful when setting up appointments in another time zone. I typically will write the appointment time in the notes so I can tell if it was the calendar that moved the time correctly, or if I put it in wrong. Doing little things like this can help you keep calendar items straight, even when you’re traveling. 

You should have a general idea of what you are going to be doing throughout the day though. Before I go about my day, I like to look at my calendar and make sure I’m looking at all the calendars linked to my account, that way I never miss anything. 


We love technology here at BRITECITY, but we know that it can fail. We probably wouldn’t be in business if it didn’t! So, make sure you don’t throw your common sense out of the window when you are using it, and you should be just fine! 




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