What if your exit on the information superhighway was just a manual typewriter?

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25 years ago I was a school teacher. I used to get in trouble because I was using an electronic grade book, that let me compile my end of year, end of semester grades very quickly and get them onto the permanent record the morning of the first in-service day. That left me with an entire in-service day and 1/2 of the first day to engage in other projects. I saved a ton of time.

In 1989 I did my taxes on the computer, which saved a ton of time but still had to print them and mail them. In the end that was a time sync. I don’t recall what year the IRS started allowing online submissions but I did that the first year it was available. I saved a ton of time doing my taxes.

For me technology has been a time wasting time saving journey. Things that I start doing at first using technology solutions take more time but eventually they begin to take less and less time. My typing skills (honed in my father’s suggested typing class in High School) continue get faster and faster. I should make my sons take typing. The computer saves me a ton of time.

So what do I do with the time I save? I spend more time with technology. It is an interesting balance between the potential time savings and the reality of the lost time seeking other answers.

The adoption rate of technological solutions to complex and simple problems represents a curve. The more time you save from the overall use of the solution the more likely you are to continue using the solution going forward. I couldn’t imagine doing my taxes on anything other than TurboTax (and then having an account check it). The hours saved by simply organizing taxes over the course of a year makes your life much simpler.

I wonder how easy it would be to do my blog in a non-technical manner? Typing it on a manual typewriter, scanning it into the computer and then posting it.

What if your exit on the information super highway was a manual typewriter?

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Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow