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Sometimes change isn't an advantage.

By Tigger_Two ·
I really do hate to be a whiner...

As I have gotten older and decrepitude has gotten significantly more pervasive, I find that I have less and less ability to deal with changes that are being made with- what appears to be- less and less regard for those who use a product.

I try to embrace change. I fail miserably when that change comes wrapped in a sense that it is inflicted, rather than granted, on we who must use the new and improved... rather than the old and antiquated that worked so much better.

I live with an iPhone and an iPad. I also live with a MacBook Pro and an iMac. This disregards the XP net book and 17" Windows laptop that also share my space. Since I come from a time that believes that redundancy is good, I don't question this. However, I begin to wonder what benefit- if any- is brought to the table.

I don't recall the last time I answered my cell phone. I recall the last time I used it- the first week of December, when poor weather and driving conditions combined with an insane GPS (can you get therapy for a GPS?) required me to phone a friend for more reliable directions than Google Maps (and my insane GPS) could provide. I try to remember to keep the darned thing charged.

I actually use my iPad. I was looking for a specific book at Barnes and couldn't find it where I assumed it would be... so I pulled out my iPad to find the section THEY thought was appropriate. Found what I was looking for, too.

Somehow, I don't want to believe that this is what they designed this tool for...

We've become a nation of inanity and absurdity. Worse, we accept and embrace this. Our social reality is encompassed by Facebook and Twitter, we think in concepts that can be embraced in 160 characters or less, and our "networks" are comprised of people we have never met- and never want to.

I find myself avoiding my computer and refusing to answer my phone. I don't recall the last time someone emailed me because they wanted to talk to me- the email I get is more often notifications of things I don't care about and frequently from people I don't know. At some point, technology stopped serving me and began to assume I would serve IT.

What did I miss?

I understand the idea that one must grow with the times. In general, this doesn't bother me much. But to think that "Dance Moms", "Toddlers and Tiaras", "Dancing with the Stars", and "The Bachelor" are a part of what is considered to be "the social fabric" makes me ill. That a fundamentally flawed search is the best tool I have to find content on an otherwise beloved site irritates me to my soul. That people who think like me are being driven deeper into hiding spaces tells me that perhaps the promised change is nothing more than an empty promise that is not kept.

I long for simplicity. I long for a day when I can actually find content that is relevant for what I search for. I long for the days when thinking was a requirement and not optional.

I long for changes that provide an advantage to the user... and are not merely changes for the sake of some ill-conceived marketing notion of "what's best" for the consumer.

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I don't have anything that says "Cellular One"

by Tigger_Two In reply to It's too much to think ab ...

To be honest, I don't think my iPhone says Verizon. I recycled my clamshell phone when I got the new one, but hold on to hubby's old phone like grim death. It stopped being a phone long ago.

I was at a retirement gathering of former co-workers last night. In all honesty, I went because one of hubby's former co-workers was one of the retirees and I knew that HE would have gone. I was amazed (well, not really) by how eagerly the most inane conversations were engaged in and once again saw how enthusiastically people avoided subjects that went any deeper than the weather.

To an extent I get it. Even cocktail conversation can be held against you and most of the people were going to have to face one another in conference rooms the next morning. I guess I missed the point. Why spend an eight hour day walking on eggshells only to attend a social gathering to walk on eggshells?

In that same crowded and noisy space, presumably populated with people you deliberately came to see, easily 50% were glued to some fascinating trivia on their phones. What did I miss?

Like you, I see the benefit of technology. I also see it's downside. What I wish I saw more of is a balance.

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It might be the sample group

by NickNielsen In reply to I don't have anything tha ...

Even though it was ostensibly a 'social' occasion, the event was work-related. Many of the people were probably there because they thought they should be there and not because they wanted to be there. People at such events quite often see themselves as still at work, and conduct themselves accordingly. Thus, some hold the most inane conversations and others bury themselves in their on-line leashes, all of them doing their best to not do or say anything that might get management's attention. (This excludes, of course, the suck-ups.) It's self-protection through obscurity.

To present a different sample group, I spend an evening in a neighborhood bar once (occasionally twice) a week, a purely social environment for everybody there (except the staff). The clientele is a mix of locals of all ages, college students, faculty, and transients (usually guests from the motel next door). One subject always under discussion is, of course, who will win The Big Game, with the sport and teams varying with the season and the participants in the discussion. Other subjects I've heard being discussed range from the inane to the profound, from whether the God particle can be found to whether Kim Kardashian is a real blonde. :-& Very often, I will see members of a group take one last look at their phone, then put it into their pocket or purse, and not pull it out again over the course of the evening. Yes, people (especially the students) do respond to their Androids & iPhones, but what I haven't seen here is an individual in a group concentrating on their phone to the exclusion of the other group members. Nor have I seen groups of people buried in their phones and not talking to each other; in this setting, apparently, geeks don't group.

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