Managing technology so it doesn’t drive us to drink

Why does our technology drive us crazy some days? I was awakened at 5:35 a.m. by a caller who loudly and enthusiastically informed me that I can lower my credit card’s interest rate by 3 percent. I asked the caller if they knew it was before 8 a.m. here in Hawaii? He apologized and we hung up. Since it had just become first light, I fed my cats and started my day.

After running some errands, I returned home to my four-story apartment building, where the smoke alarm was blaring in the hallways, again. As a precaution, I chose to not go back up to my third-floor condo.

Ten minutes later I felt safe taking the one elevator up (the second elevator has been down for months). It was probably just another false alarm.

The ensuing couple of hours reminded me of the movie “Groundhog Day.” The alarm went off four or five more times. These piercingly loud interruptions made it futile to keep writing in my home office.

During that time, my cellphone chirped a few times, wanting to notify me of something. I could never figure out why. I finally turned the ringer off.

Most of us have come to rely on technology increasing our efficiency. It does that, if we manage to stay calm, and it doesn’t drive us to drink.

I hope to lead the creation of Mauitopia (see mauitopia.org), a true paradise which incorporates the sane use of technology.

Ori Kopelman