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Technology, Twitter and texting: love it or leave it?

I have never sent a text or a tweet.

My cell phone seldom rings, and when it does I wonder, "what is that noise?"

I prefer an answering machine to voicemail.

I decided against a new digital videocamera with HD because it was too crisp and showed every facial flaw. I like a little graininess in my videos.

A GPS system almost destroyed my marriage. "You're listening to her and not me? I'm looking at the map and I say to turn right!"

I have an iPod, but I couldn't tell you where it is.

I am a technology Luddite. I am suspicious of most technology and whether it actually brings any benefit to my existence. Some stuff, like this computer and the Interwebs, play a big role in my life. Though at the same time I also feel a slave to it, checking email frequently and engaging in mindless browsing. Then I wonder why I don't have any time to do other things, like meal planning and exercise. I honestly feel like technology, most of the time, is a time suck. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for it and know that it plays an important role in everyone's life. And I suppose if you travel a lot for work technology can come in handy. But for me, it's often a distraction from more meaningful activities like playing with my kids or doing a downward facing dog.

Renee and I have talked about Twitter and whether EnviroMom should be sending out daily tweets. (I find that last sentence absolutely hilarious.) With all of the noise in our lives, is this really something that people need? I seldom think to update my Facebook status and now I'm supposed to think of interesting things to share with people every day? These still waters don't runneth that deep!

So I'm curious -- do you Twitter? Are you a technology Luddite like me or a fingers-of-fury devotee of all things glowing and bleepy? I wonder if this is an age thing (I'm 39) and possibly a green thing? (Some of it might be genetic, since last weekend my cousins confirmed that they, too, are challenged.) Do people who work to have a smaller footprint depend less on technology and stuff? (And, oh the irony, the green movement has been mostly driven by the Interweb.)


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