I like to think of myself as a pretty low maintenance person in general. I don’t really follow fads. I don’t rush out to buy the newest and greatest products, gadgets, and gizmos. I don’t care that much about how much memory and processing speed and technical mumbo jumbo my electronics have. I just want something that works and I can learn to use quickly because quite frankly, I am an irresponsible technology owner. I have this terrible habit of misplacing, dropping, and pretty much destroying or losing any electronics I own in under 6 months. This is my biggest problem with technology.
So because I know that I will only spend a short time with my electronic devices, I am reluctant to spend money on them. I entered the world of Apple with the very first iPod shuffle. The one that looked like a stick of gum. Yes, that one. It held just over a hundred songs if I remember correctly. There was no LCD screen. I didn’t need that to listen to my own music on the school bus anyway. It was simple and that’s all I really cared about. I have since been through 4 or 5 different iPods after losing each one, but my newest device is still sitting on my nightstand waiting for my 2008 11″ white Macbook to find the newest software update before it will work. I should probably work on fixing that, but I have gone without an iPod for so long at this point it just doesn’t bother me all that much.
Of course the other technological area I lagged behind in is the whole smartphone revolution. I hated the idea of smartphones, especially the iPhone. I thought to myself I already have a laptop, an iPod, and a cell phone, WHY do I need them all together? It was just so unnecessary. And expensive. But so useful. I finally gave in this year and now own a smartphone, but it was not entirely by choice. There’s no other options left in cell phone stores. And you have to buy the data plan anyway! I gave up my will and I have been consumed by my android ever since. My entire day was ruined when I lost it this weekend at work but I will never let it leave my side again. I am its slave.