Technology: Friend or Foe?

I’m not a techy person, but I do like technology. I enjoy the way it works to make life easier, and I’m generally interested in the newest gadgets. That being said, technology doesn’t always like me. Or at least it would seem at times to be less friend and more foe.

For instance, you may have been the recipient of emails that were clearly meant for one individual, but instead, went out en masse. Cringy, right? Yeah, well, I’ve had a few of those cringy moments myself.

One of them occurred years ago, when I was a newish insurance underwriter. I was going to be out of the office, and needed to send an email to the girl covering my desk. Wanting to give her a heads-up about an agent who was known for their adversarial approach, I mentioned the underwriter may want to be prepared, because the agent could be “a real witch.” Not one of my finer moments, clearly. And while, thankfully, I didn’t send the email to the whole company, you can probably guess what happened. Yes, instead of sending the email to my coworker, I sent it to the “witchy” agent.

The worst part is I didn’t even realize my mistake, until I received a response saying, “I’m assuming you didn’t mean for this email ABOUT me to go TO me.” Lesson learned: don’t say ugly things, even if what you’re saying is true.

Sadly, I still had more to learn though. A few years later, I was speaking with my boss about updates needing to be made on a project I was leading. My boss was on board with the changes, and asked me to cover them in a (virtual) stakeholder meeting we were heading into.

Shortly thereafter, everyone was logged into the call, and my boss turned things over to me. I started going over the proposal, also sharing my screen, so everyone could see the metrics I’d be referring to.

To my surprise, my boss acted like he didn’t know anything about the changes. So again, not one of my finer moments, but I started messaging one of my colleagues on the side. I was asking her what was wrong with our boss, and telling her I had just talked to him about some changes – and now we were on a call, and he was playing dumb about them!

About that time, I heard someone on the call saying, “Kendra, you’re sharing your screen.” I vaguely recall thinking, “Well, of course I am,” as I continued the diatribe with my coworker. Finally, the person on the call said again, “Kendra! You’re sharing your screen!” Then she added, “We can see everything.”

And indeed they could. Everyone on the call, including my boss, could see what I was saying… about him. Lesson learned that time: don’t say ugly things, period.

Every once in a while, I think of these stories when I see a blooper here in the blogging community. Which then reminds me that while technology can be a great friend, it’s not a very forgiving one. So, does that make it more foe and less friend? I guess it just depends on the day. Oh, and in my case, maybe also the person using it.


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28 responses to “Technology: Friend or Foe?”

  1. I miss the days when knowing how to dial a telephone was considered technology. 😯😊

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      An Audience of One

      I hear you! 😊

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  2. These stories are sooo funny, but I’m sure at the time it wasn’t ! 🥺 I’m reminded of the verse in Prov. 25:11. It’s the “fitly “ part that gets us from time to time 🫢. Lord, help my words be fitly! Welcome back , Kendra! 💝💝

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      An Audience of One

      That’s such a good verse, and one I’d forgotten about! And no, my words were definitely NOT fitly spoken at either of these times. Not sure how I kept my job, come to think of it. Lol! And thank you, starting to feel less jet lagged and more like me again. 😊🤍

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  3. Ouch!!! You are very brave to confess your mistakes. Kind of like Jonah telling how he ran from God. Kind of funny in hindsight!

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      Well, what can you do but laugh?! 😆

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  4. Really difficult moments can happen with technology or the old fashioned way. I think of the verse, “Behold your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23) I have opened my mouth in the wrong place and been heard by the one I was speaking badly of–no technology needed.

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      That’s an excellent point! I suppose it’s best to take our frustrations to the Lord (and quietly sometimes, at that)! In any case, it makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one who’s done things like this.

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      1. The best thing to do is soften your heart and ask God to help you and meditating on the Word of God. It is one of the things I am working on. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.

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          So very true!

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  5. Oh Kendra! I think we’ve all had an email oops akin to your “witchy woman” story and the screen sharing whoops? Funny because it’s oh-so relatable. We could start trading goof ups…they happen…even to sweet ones like you. Thanks for sharing…I can always use reminders. 😉

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      I’m glad you can relate, Vicki! There’s definitely the whole sinking feeling thing that goes along with these kind of moments. So… it’s a good reminder to all of us, but mostly me. 😆

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      1. Oh….you are not alone! There’s a reason why I keep track of “roll call” and who joins meetings that are old fashioned conference calls. I did something super stupid once as I threw shade at someone who WAS in the meeting…even tho I didn’t think she was invited. Yikes! 🤪

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          Haha!! Me thinks that would be a good post. Would love to hear more! 😃

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  6. Oh, Kendra – great stories and we share your pain. I remember a customer once emailing my colleague and I to ask for a discount because of the amount of work he was doing with us. My colleague wrote him back thinking she was just emailing me and said, “You wish.” He never said anything about the discount again… 🙂

    Technology…let’s hope we can befriend it someday… 🙂

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      Oh boy! I just literally laughed out loud. That one’s classic! Thank you for sharing it! 😆

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  7. Well, Kendra, I am pleased you survived professionally — you did, right? In any case you are here to tell these tales!

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    1. An Audience of One Avatar
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      Thank you, Dr. Stein! I did indeed survive, believe it or not! 😊

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  9. […] for this noodling comes from my friend Kendra and her blog, “An Audience of One”.  Kendra posted recently about whoopsie issues where she candidly made a few honest, relatable mistakes.  So relatable that […]

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  10. We’ve all made mistakes like the one you describe. For me, a truthful person who isn’t the best at knowing what’s really going on with the technology at her fingertips, things like this happen.

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      You said that so well, Ally. Being truthful doesn’t always mix well with technology. Funny thing though about the agent I mentioned. She really was horrible to work with, and I think she knew it. Because after that incident, she was ALWAYS pleasant. My boss was a different story – he warmed up again eventually, but my raise wasn’t the greatest that year. 😆

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      Thanks for stopping by 😊

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