You’ve probably seen the commercials for the newest must-have tech gadgets Amazon Echo and Google Home. These devices are meant to make home management easier, thus adding another level of convenience to our busy lives. Basically, you too can have a Tony Stark /Jarvis relationship. Pretty cool, right?
Of course, as with anything, the many pros of a new tech device are accompanied by cons. In a report on the Today Show, investigators consider the possibility that Amazon Echo and Google Home may be listening to you all the time. The devices do not transfer data unless you say certain words to activate them, however, they are always listening. Needless to say, this could certainly pose some cyber security threats. During the report, David Pierce, Senior Writer for WIRED, said something that intrigued me. “What a lot of these tech companies have figured out,” David said, “is that consumers will pick cool convenient features over privacy.”
People are choosing to purchase items simply because they want the newest tech and because it will make life a bit easier. This can be a dangerous choice. Convenience isn’t bad. Technology isn’t bad. But jumping into anything without caution is never a good idea.
The Danger of Dating Out of Convenience
This same trend is something we see in the choices people make about their relationships. Time and time again a person will choose to date someone without considering the dangers of a rash decision. Sometimes a person’s desperate longing to “have someone” can drive them back into the arms of a partner who treats them like dirt. Sure, the relationship looks good. It’s convenient. But within a few days they once again feel used, ignored, or much worse.
“Alexa, can you make my boyfriend stop screaming at me?”
Google Home and Amazon Echo have security built-in. That protection will certainly increase as people grow more concerned about their cyber safety. Your relationships, however, do not have built-in security features. There is no software you can install to keep you from abuse, neglect, or unfaithfulness. You can’t say, “Google, will you stop my girlfriend from cheating on me?” No, it doesn’t work like that. The only thing that stands between you and that relationship is your choices.
Let Us Help.
Dating someone out of convenience is dangerous. You must protect yourself from that danger. However, that is much easier said than done. Healthy Relationships Iowa’s workshops for singles can help you. You deserve to be in a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship. At our workshops you’ll learn how to make choices that lead to that.
If you are in an abusive relationship there is help for you. Visit the Iowa Domestic and Victim Service website: http://www.survivorshelpline.org. You can also Call 1-800-770-1650 or text IOWAHELP to 20121 any hour of the day or night.