I feel akin to a 5 year old refusing to learn her ABC's in kindergarten while everyone around me (same age) is reading on a 5th grade level when it comes to all the technological hoopla closing in around me.
Until this point I really haven't cared enough about the bells and whistles to join the crowd in the advanced revolution that includes, but is not limited to the following:
- (I find myself entirely impressed with myself that I'm using the bullet point feature here)
- A zillion forums to join
- Blogs, Logs, Virtual communities, Glogs (I discovered that's a blog with multiple authors)(I also consider myself a basic if not marginal level participant here)
- Feeds, readers, feed blitzes
- Picture phones, text messaging, Internet capabilities, bar code scans decoded by phone
- YouTube, Flat screen TV, HDTV, Blueray, Red Box, Pay per View
- Webinars, teleseminar, Webcam, online college degree in 10 days, 20 for the PhD, Intrameeting
- Email, blurbs, alerts, messaging, Instant messages and private messages (IM's & PM's for the advanced user)
- Onstar, Sirius, GPS and DVD players in the car
- And on and on and on and on and on and on.................
First of all, much of that tech crap costs a lot of money. Gone are the days when a person had a single phone line in a house and paid 20 bucks a month for 30 cable channels. I added it up. For the simple implied requirements of staying with the century, I get the pleasure of paying for almost a handful of cells phones, a land line for fax and DSL, digital cable and several tech inspired/required items for my work. Cost=the monthly price of a damn nice new car payment or supporting a village in a third world country.
But beyond the cost, on a personal level, I can barely embrace the impersonal aspect of it all. These days a person could go an entire day mixing and mingling, socially engaging without actually talking to a soul. No physical contact, zero facial expressions unless one wants to count :o) and :( and the entire range of emoticons available on computer and phone. Why call when you can text? Why write with pen and paper if you have computer? Why present a contract in person when you can fax the little sucker.
Is it a social revolution of laziness or efficiency? I think today I'm just agitated because:
- I'm barely figuring out Facebook ( I think I may like Facebook, jury is still out)
- Someone told me I also needed Twitter, so I signed up for it last night and immediately thought "Seriously? This is a popular idea of social interaction? WTF" Count me out.
- In an actual face to face business meeting yesterday I was informed we will now be adding bar code (found typically in your supermarket) to all marketing so people "can take a picture of it with their cell phones which in turn the cell phone will decode it and display all pertinent information to the viewer" China is already all over this technology.
- Chinese Translation: Rebecca needs to buy a phone that will actually take a picture and add all the Internet requirements to service plan (cha-ching)
- I really don't enjoy spending hours and hours on the Internet
- I can't go or do anything without the pressing obligation of answering or texting on the cell phone
- If you miss a call from someone, they ask, "Are you screening me?" To which I'd like to reply, "Well yes, yes I was, I was going to the bathroom and although you are under the belief that since I have a cell phone that entitles you to instant gratification and access, I'd like to hold fast to personal time."
I also get the feeling everyone else is loving, embracing and enjoying (learning) all the tech hoopla and I'm like the old, old, cynical Grannie protesting it all saying things like "Back in the old days......"
And then the old cynical lady becomes a hypocrite and posts her thoughts online. That truth is my rock and the soft squishy place.