Have you wondered what lazy people do when they are expected to complete tedious tasks daily? They simply find an alternative that allows them to continue being lazy and at the same time get things done. Isn’t the search for an alternative, a part of human creativity, and during these searches they discover things that simplify our lives more. Now just imagine these tedious tasks are allocated to machines, what would they do? Will they complain or seek an alternative? No. Where’s the creativity here then!
Role Of Creativity
Let’s look at the same thing, this time including creativity with an example. The inventor of the computer was too lazy to calculate so using his creativity along with his student he invented the computer, and the rest as you’ll know is history. There’s a relation between laziness and creativity, and the same goes with necessity. You become more creative when you see the need to fix things when existing solutions are no longer satisfactory. We humans can easily identify needs and find creative solutions to them but the same cannot be expected from technology. They are automated and perform actions that they are programmed for. Technology can be used to get things done efficiently and save time but sometimes there are situations when it is important to focus on how the task is completed instead of just completing it because the way things are done makes a real difference.
Drawbacks Of Relying On Technology
Back then when technology was almost non-existent to us, we human beings relied on our imagination. There’s no denying that creative thoughts are born from the imagination of the human mind. But with technological progression, we have started to rely more on it. You can see how technology has negatively impacted our creative minds. We no longer spend time exploring our imaginary world and ideas, most of the time is spent using these technologies to learn something new or for entertainment purposes. For the short term, using technology to learn something and keep yourself entertained is good, but if we continue to do so, in long run, this will prove to be time-consuming and limit our ability to explore our creative side. As we continue to rely more on technology to live our lives and carry out everyday tasks, there will come a time where our imagination power will be taken away from us and the concept of originality would cease to exist.
None of these are meant to scare you, but this should make you think. Ask yourself, don’t you use technology to distract yourself? Most of us do this, why entertain a thought when you can simply keep it aside and use your technological devices to get out of boredom. We are at loss here, and we don’t even realize that our original thoughts are sidetracked because we are giving more importance to technology to keep us entertained constantly. We face problems and we simply use technology to solve them. Whereas in the past, without technology we used to be great problem solvers, and in times of crisis, we used our skills to find creative solutions. Now our problem-solving skills are at risk with an increase in reliance on technology.
Limitation To Creativity
We have seen the impact that technology is having on our creativity. Now let’s see exactly how it is impacting and what we can do about it. Our creativity is promoted and enhanced when we do more activities that include our imagination. One such activity is daydreaming, in daydreaming we explore our creative side and this makes us good problem solvers. This activity is now replaced by mindlessly scrolling through technological devices. Our daydreaming time is inhibited due to the increase in the usage of technology. Here, technology is limiting our creativity by entertaining us and making us dependent on it. If we stop nurturing our creative side and replace it with technology usage we will lose our originality. So, we can invest some time in daydreaming and exploring the ideas that we are passionate about, instead of wasting time using technology mindlessly.
Technology To Enhance Creativity
No discussion is complete unless we explore the opposite side as well. Let’s see how you can use technology not just to distract yourself but also as a tool to convert your creative ideas into reality. You can be a very creative person and find creative solutions to solve many problems, but if you don’t have the right tools to implement it and create value, it wouldn’t make any difference. There are exceptional technologies that are the result of creative minds and are simplifying people’s lives each day. Suppose you have a creative idea and want to implement it, but if you don’t know if it is really needed, you won’t be able to achieve the success that you desire. In such situations, you can use technology as a tool to research and study the need for the implementation of that creative idea, and take actions accordingly. This also works when you want to enter a new market segment, technology will help you understand if your targeted market segment needs your creative solutions and how willing they are to accept your solutions.
We will be concluding our discussion of the topic by embracing both perspectives. If you know how to use the technology in the right way, you will be able to enhance your creativity but if you don’t learn to use it properly, unfortunately, it would limit your creative side. We all can agree that technology has made it easy for us to communicate with people all over the world and collaborate with them to build unique solutions to our existing problems. It has helped us simplify our life and enhance creativity. But if we continue to use technology as a means of entertainment to distract ourselves, we will soon find ourselves in a position where carrying out simple tasks without technology would become difficult. Decide for yourself how you would want to use the technology from now on!