Posted by Tim Stobbs on August 27, 2009
I think they spike electronics so when you get near them you breath in some addictive chemical which keeps you looking at things for way longer than you should. Or something else, because I seem to be abnormally attracted to some gadgets. My current obsessive thoughts are about getting an ebook reader.
I know that in all practical terms I don’t need one. Actually I would have limited use for one since most of my books come from the library. So that would leave me reading a highly limited number of books which I would have to pay for while paying like $300 to $400 for the thing. Not really a good investment, since the technology is likely to improve over the next few years and the price will drop.
Yet despite all of that I still find myself wanting one. Hence the title of the post: why do I want stupid gadgets? It’s like a drug or hard wired problem in my brain. I think perhaps I’m obsessed with the idea of carrying a few hundred books in a light weight object. It is irrational but I know the source of the obsession is those lovely ‘news articles’ that tell you about new product releases like somehow it is ok to have an ad posing as an article when the product is brand new.
So how am I dealing with this new obsession? Actually fairly simple. I’m putting the thing on my Christmas wish list and ignoring it for the next few months. I’ve done with many times over the years and it seems to work out well. It costs too much for most people to bother buying it so I won’t likely get it, but I might get some gift cards I can use on it. In the mean time I can save up for it and buy it myself after Christmas if I’m still obsessing.
So what irrational things do you obsess over? How do you manage your obsession?