What is it with people and having to have all the new tech stuff the second it comes out? Spending so much money, even when they don’t have it. That was my thought when I wrote this…
It is becoming more and more clear that my generation and the following generations, have become a generation based on instant gratification. Although that is nice, I think that it devalues many, otherwise very valuable, products and experiences. Many of my friends that have an Apple product are in love with it. But just as soon as the newest version of the device is released, they are quick to toss aside the magical machine that they had once been in awe of.
I for one have worked successfully to greatly limit my use of technological innovations, to keep myself as unconnected as possible and to maximize my privacy and independence. So what have I gained? Time, privacy and no obsession to constantly be in touch, connected, available, or informed about others. Call me old fashioned, but I feel a lot more in control of my life than most people that I see conspicuously using their many modern devices. They have lost freedom and do not seem to care about that.
I want to be in the moment, only sensing the world around me, unfiltered and uninterrupted by any technology. I am not hooked by advancing technology, not tethered to constantly improved devices, not curious about the next generation of highly priced but really unnecessary products, not logged on and online all the time.
I used to be on every social media site. Mainly because it was a way to stay connected to fans of my music. I found myself obsessed with what people thought. How many followers, Facebook friends, likes, etc… Seemed to make me feel important. Those who think interactions with people through technology devices are the real thing, have lost their sanity. Technology limits and distorts human, social interactions. Worse yet, people have lost ability and talent for actually conversing to people face to face.
If we could establish a social mentality/cultural definition of success that was not reliant on possessions, we could potentially free ourselves up to define success more personally and express it publicly in a way that lines up with our personal values.
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