Sometimes, I Hate Technology!

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It’s true. Sometimes, I hate technology. When it works, it can be a lifesaver. When it doesn’t …. ARRGGHHH! It can truly make your life miserable.

My computer is old and then it caught a virus. It was on life support for a while, but then it recovered. And now it’s back on my desk, really looking like it would rather be anywhere else but there. But it won’t have to wait long – there’s a new one coming – and then it can enter a happy retirement somewhere, probably as my back-up.

So that’s my explanation for why I haven’t been reading the people I follow. My most sincere apologies! With an ailing computer and a surge in work, I haven’t been able to keep up.

But why didn’t I use my smartphone? Well, yes, I have a smartphone. But I don’t like reading from the small screen and I don’t like doing much typing from it either. And I don’t use my work computer for personal stuff. My employer keeps track of that sort of thing and I know people who use their work computers for personal stuff anyway, but the thought of my employer looking over my shoulder gives me the creeps.

In some ways, though, it was liberating to be a little disconnected. And I began to really notice the reaction of some people to the fact that my home computer was sick. They displayed a sort of panicked pity, like I had told them that I might die from a contagious, dread disease, and that they might, too.

I talked about this reaction with an acquaintance of mine who doesn’t even own a cell phone. She said that people have outright called her “strange” for not carrying around a phone and that she’s been asked how she can even get by without one. She has actually felt discriminated against because she chooses to go “tech-less.” Isn’t that her right?

I find Facebook annoying. There. I said it. I think I would rather visit a drive-through organ replacement outfit than use Facebook. And Twitter and Instagram? Not impressed. And I don’t see how people really have the time to use them, either. Multitasking? Studies show that that doesn’t really exist. We just wind up doing two or more things in a mediocre fashion.

And, yes, I know that these social media serve their purpose and have been helpful during times of crisis. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t exist.

But I have the right to not use it, and to say that I don’t use it without feeling stigmatized.

I recently read about a store that wanted to require its customers to “sign in” using Facebook and to also use it to register purchases. There was something of a backlash and the store relented. This was clearly a very aggressive attempt at marketing research, and it backfired.

But how long will this last? I like to have control over my privacy and my opinions. Wars have been fought for these rights. Are they being eroded in the most insidious way possible – because we’re slowly allowing it? Because our need for attention is outweighing the importance of our privacy and our own thoughts?

When it comes to technology, where do we draw the line? Or is it already too late?

17 thoughts on “Sometimes, I Hate Technology!

  1. LOL. I have no clue what to do with Twitter or Facebook. Facebook iw where I satisfy my cute cat picture fetish, but that’s all I got. πŸ™‚ And I just my first cell phone last year and I never use it so I have no idea how to turn it on. So I totally believe in taking a techno-break [even though I work in technology :)] Go on with your bad self!

    • I love cute cat pictures πŸ™‚ I used to have two cats, sisters, who had the most wonderful personalities, but M has a very serious allergy so I had to find them a new home. It was difficult to find someone who would take both of them, but they are still together, which I’m very happy about!

      I’m not a big cell phone user, either, just the basics, really. I don’t understand people who become obsessive “users.” They really come across as addicted.

      Yup. That’s me – bad. πŸ™‚

  2. Way too late! Having spent nearly 40 years in IT We were pretty well taken over before we had at least some ability to control what we see and do. There are privacy laws now that didn’t exist 25 years ago so we had no idea how our private data was being used.

    I agree with you thought on the disconnect. Every now and then I think we need a break. I dislike FB too but find that a lot of my friends and family use it so I feel obligated. Great post Lynette.

    • There is that tendency to feel forced into FB, isn’t there? I eventually dug my heels in and started telling people that I don’t use it any more – some people think I’m a little eccentric, I believe! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter – never have and I won’t say never will, but I can’t see the point of it, to be honest. If I want to get in touch with friends I phone them up or send an e mail – I’m not really bothered about what they’ve had for breakfast.
    I think social media can be very dangerous – a lot of our kids are putting far too much stuff out there that really shouldn’t be in the public domain – have they no self respect? I could go on, and probably might on some future post!
    So glad you’re back, L – we missed you!

  4. My technology is answering to your technology πŸ™‚ Ahh I missed you πŸ˜‰
    I have my MAC – though she even gets grumpy at times, “What you want MORE”!? (Yes I know that was a tad Oliver Twist-ish). I have my smart phone, though most of the time it’s not that smart and I curse at it. I am on Twit, I mean Twitter – but erm really why for – have no idea never use it. FB really to keep in touch with a few people I hardly see – or to chat, but really take it or leave it. So with this I shall finish with yes already too late. Finally… I am glad you have returned to the fold be it ever so humble. πŸ™‚ x

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