I was asked a few good questions by a commenter on my last post, and I’d like to respond.
“I am curious to know how technology has helped you personally foster stronger relationships, greater intelligence, and enhanced your decisions.”
Facebook, Twitter, and email have all played their part in my life, helping me stay connected with dear friends and family, even when we’re physically apart (esp. Argentine friends, whom I met on my LDS mission). These asynchronous communication tools help me stay in touch, even when our schedules don’t coincide.
Intelligence and enhanced decision making:
I look things up on Google and Wikipedia all the time. Most of these things are trivial, and wouldn’t truly fall under the category of “enlightenment”, but the Internet is a gold mine of valuable information, and I’ve used it for banking, buying schoolbooks, and even downloading sheet music for my ward choir. (http://www.defordmusic.com/ makes some music freely available for church purposes like this)
However, I fully support the common Internet philosophy of “post anything, trust nothing”. Time for a bit of cautionary advice. The Internet is not a magic question-answering service. When making important decisions, don’t use the Internet to just get answers. Use the Internet to get and confirm answers. Wikipedia is great because it often provides sources for its information. Use them. Google for more sources; don’t trust just one. Also consider using aides like browser-addon Web of Trust. Be wise. What can I say more?
More Internet- and church-related thoughts coming soon. Stay tuned!