Everyone says that technology is great. We can do so much more! I can catch up with old friends! I’m alerted immediately to everything that happens so I never miss out! Look at this photo of my best friends sisters cousins dog in Indonesia drinking a milkshake!
My contrarian truth for 2017 is that technology, or at least the current advances to instantaneous always connected communication, has ruined my life. I don’t mean that as some sort of hyperbole, I literally mean it has detrimentally affected the quality of life that I have every day.
It has bred obsession on a scale unimaginable before smartphones. At no time in human history have we been more connected to everyone around but at no point have we been more detached. Meetings and conversations have been replaced by likes and retweets and form the social currency which afford us happiness.
I’m expected to answer email all the time, calls whenever they arrive, friends when they WhatsApp me, colleagues when they LinkedIn me, acquaintances when they tweet me. I’m constantly overwhelmed by the barage of communication I’d become an outcast from if I ignored it.
Only I wouldn’t but we all have fear of missing out.
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We see all the good parts of people’s lives and none of the bad. It gives us unrealistic expectations of what our own life should be like so we try to compete.
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Smartphones are a terrible habit and a cancer. We are addicted and they cause as much harm as many illicit substances. In many ways we are even less in the moment when on our phones than we would be if on something. We aren’t even present; if your attention isn’t focused on your reality are you really conscious?
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One of the benefits PG finds in a Kindle is that he really does only one thing with it. Read. Books.
Yes, he can shop on Amazon, but he finds the Eink shopping experience slow and clumsy so he never buys ebooks or anything else with his Kindle. He’s not certain if there is a browser on his current Kindle because the browser experience on his first Kindle was so bad, he immediately stopped using it.
PG has a tablet and, for him, it’s not a good tool for reading books. He’ll read short articles on the tablet, check email, websurf, etc., but he much prefers the Kindle for books. He essentially treats it as a non-connected device for 99.999% of the time it’s in his hands. It’s a book and a small bookshelf.