Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 16, 2010
Despite being a technology geek at times, for example I just bought a blu-ray player and I love my ebook reader, I’m also a little bit of closet luddite. I don’t own a cell phone. I don’t want an ipod, blackberry or even the ipad. A friend of mine the other day handed me her blackberry saying “do you know how to fix that?” as she pointed to an error message on the screen. She was a bit shocked to hear me say “I don’t have a clue, I’ve never used one.”
Perhaps its my environmental bent, but I feel technology should actually be useful to me in some way to justify its existence in my life. Technology to me should either make my life significantly easier in some way and not cost me a lot of ongoing money to keep it. I hate picking up monthly costs that actually don’t do much for me.
So yes the tech geek in me did read a few reviews of the ipad, but ultimately I determined I don’t need/want an ipad. I do a LOT of typing on my laptops and that apparently isn’t a strength of the new ipad. Also I’m not very interested in watching movies or Utube. I’m not much of a media consumer either so overall I thought the ipad was nice looking, but not for me.
I’m against useless technology that actually doesn’t do much for anyone. So to me an ipad is similar to a slap chop, it doesn’t do anything new that I can’t already do with something I already own. This is also why I won’t put in underground sprinklers in my backyard, since I can already water the entire thing by moving the sprinkler I have just twice (small backyard). Yet I do have underground sprinklers in the front (big front yard).
So how do you tell if a technology is useless to you? Well here are a few hints:
- When advertised they use the words “cutting edge” or they discuss all about the “features” on the item that you will likely never use.
- When the item doesn’t do anything new compared to what you have.
- When the item will actually cost you more money and/or time than you are already spending to do something similar.
- When you want the item and you really can’t come up with a great answer to the question of “why do I want this?” that your spouse would actually believe.
- That the item in question will only save you less than 2 minutes a day.
Of course there are many other hints, but you will have to figure out what works for you. Technology is good, but not all technology is useful to all people. Make sure you can tell the difference. Your wallet and the environment will thank you by avoiding buying items that you stop using all that much six months after you get it. Embrace your inner luddite and don’t buy technology you don’t need.
How about you? What technology have you avoided or embraced?