It’s my job to tell you how wonderful the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are going to be. It’s my job to give you all the fresh info about new phones and new products and the cutting edge news on the tech industry, but deep down I’m just feeling deflated about the whole thing and I don’t think you need another person shouting at you over the internet about how you must have this or you must do that.
Can a new phone really change your life? Does a new phone warrant a huge press release and endless tweets complaining about the live feed breaking down? Have we all just gotten a little too far away from what is important in life?
There is an article floating around social media about how Steve Jobs never let his kids use iPhones or iPads. I haven’t even opened it. Just the title alone makes me roll my eyes.
Technology, technology, technology. It’s all around us. We are told we need to learn it. We are told we need to have more of it in our schools. We are told we are giving our child too much of it, we are told it’s ruining our life. We are told we have to have it and in the same breath made guilty for it’s use. It’s enough to make someone feel very confused about what’s right or wrong.
When I was young one lazy afternoon I tried to see how long I could stay on the phone with my best friend. I think we made it a few hours before moving on to something else. We were stuck in one place with the phone plugged into the wall. There was peace in fully connecting to someone else despite the distance between us.
My first exposure to personal technology was a Nintendo. Mario Brothers was my game of choice. My brother and I would spend hours trying to rescue the princess.
In high school my biggest exposure to computers was learning how to type on one. That’s it.
So what am I trying to say? I am not really sure. I just know that I’m feeling kind of “meh…” about the whole thing. I don’t want a new phone to be made into a holy grail but at the same time I don’t want to be told my desire to have a new phone or be connected via technology is wrong. I guess I just don’t want people bossing me around or telling me what I should be thinking.
I want what I’ve always wanted.
I want to connect with the people I care about, just like that lazy Saturday afternoon when my friend and I pledged to stay on the phone as long as possible. I want to be able to take a few minutes if I feel like it to play a game or scroll Instagram, because sometimes when life is just a little too much to deal with, that helps. If a new phone and the advancement of technology helps me do that better, well then I guess that’s ok. I’ll put up with all the fuss connected with it.
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