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Day 15–Does Technology Help you Run & Write?


We are bombarded with new technology each and every day. I’ve at times found myself shunning technology and have even been jokingly called a Luddite by friends. So to get down to the bottom of this question, we first need to clarify what is technology.

Technology–the making, usage and knowledge of tools, techniques,crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose–Definition from Wikipedia.

Doesn’t sound too bad, does it. To me it sounds exactly like what an artist needs–tools, techniques, crafts and methods. Writers are constantly looking at ways to enhance their craft through techniques and tools.

When I think of technology I immediately think of something electronic, but it turns out I’m wrong. Pencils, paper, ideas, writing books, writing prompts and the list goes on. These all help us write.

As a runner a person also is in constant search for techniques and systems to better their running. Even the barefoot watch-less runner is using technology, because they have their system that they follow.

So technology helps us Run & Write. But, can it also hinder us?

I view technology like a sharp knife. Grab it by the wrong end and you’ re going to do more harm than good. For example, the internet allows us to write and publish our writing, this technology helps us write. But, grab it by the wrong end–spend three-quarters of your day playing online chess and boom, the technology has stifled your writing.

The same with running, the new technique of barefoot running, it’s a part of technology. But, if you grab it by the wrong end you’re bound to get hurt, literally.

So the use of technology requires balance. Thinking about how you will use it and when you will use it.

What is your most useful piece of running or writing technology?

Writing Prompt-Take note of what aspects of technology helped you write today. Use them as the basis of a poem or short story.

Running Prompt-Take a run without a watch, iPod or any other digital device.

This blog post was inspired by–

Time to write: technology helps (and sometimes it hurts)

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