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Jun 23 2013

Keeping Up with the (Tech-Savvy) Joneses

I’m not a terribly tech-savvy person. Creating this very blog was an act of rocket science that would not have been possible without the help of some computer-geek friends.

I mean, I’m more technologically advanced than, say, my parents (my mom once asked me if I’d seen anything interesting on FaceTube lately) but that’s not saying much.

Sure, I know my way around a Blackberry and an iPad. What working professional has a choice these days? But I’ve never been the type who’s itching to get their hands on the latest and greatest high-tech gadget.

In my generation, I know this makes me something of an anomaly. While my friends wait in long lines for the newest incarnation of genius phone, I gladly accept their two-generations-old hand-me-downs. And just the other day I proved what a dinosaur I am by pulling out a real, actual dictionary to look up a word.

In a world in which technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, I have to wonder: If I’m already falling behind the technology curve when I’m 30, what’s going to happen to me in a few years? Certainly I don’t want to be that person that still carries around a beeper and faxes things long after the rest of the world has moved on, do I?

At the same time, I’m OK with being a little bit old-fashioned. I realize technological advances have made our world a better place in many ways (surely I could not survive without Facebook or Words With Friends) but there’s no question our obsession with technology has robbed us of some things, like actual real-life social exchanges, for example. When is the last time you got on an elevator with someone and they DIDN’T have their face buried in their phone?

Good ol’ Einstein saw it coming when he uttered the words that have ironically found new life via Internet meme: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

Yes, technology is a wonderful thing, but we’ve got to be careful about our technology addictions. Maybe we don’t constantly need to be on our phones when walking from point A to point B, maybe we don’t need to have EVERY new gadget those Apple folks dream up and perhaps we don’t need to belong to every single time-sucking social networking site ever created. I’m looking at you, Google Plus.

We’ve got to remember to also enjoy the low-tech joys in life. I know for myself that no cold electronic device will ever beat the tactile experience of reading a real book with real-book-smelling pages, no amount of texting will ever replace sitting down for lunch with a friend, and on special occasions I’ll always prefer a handwritten card to a Facebook post.

So while I will do my best to keep pace with technology enough to maintain my place in the modern world, I refuse to become a tech junkie, even if that officially makes me an old lady. Now can someone please introduce me to this Siri person?

2 comments

  1. Erin

    You aren’t as bad as some, who shall remain nameless. When I tried to set up a google plus circle event for our upcoming trip, I thought I nearly blew the mind off a few people 🙂
    I have to say, I am a tech lover. I can never read a real paper book – I don’t like the smell and the feeling of actual pages, no thank you! If I can’t zoom in, side swipe and refresh – I am not interested!
    P.S….I am older than you.

    1. Talk 30 To Me

      Why do you think I stay friends with those nameless individuals? They make me look like some kind of wizard. 🙂

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