Monday, November 14, 2005

Electronic Slavery

I work around a lot of engineers who are "in love" with gadgets and technology. As someone who doesn't own a PDA or a Blackberry, I sit back and laugh every time they get frustrated when one of their gadgets goes haywire.

My "palm pilot" consists of writing information that I want to remember on a yellow sticky pad and sticking it onto my wallet. When I return home at night and pull my wallet out I am immediately reminded of the information.

Many people do not realize that their reliance on cellular phones and other wireless communication devices has turned them into electronic slaves; shackled in the prison of technology. When used in moderation, there are certainly benefits to these devices, however, first we need to determine the difference between convenience, desire, and necessity.

Simply put, do we truly need everything we want?

15 Comments:

At November 14, 2005 at 8:07:00 AM EST, Anonymous Larry Lennhoff said...

Tell me about it. I call my cell phone my 'leash'. My refusal to own one the first few years of my marriage was a continual cause for dispute. Now I need one for my job, so I'm stuck. I still try to keep the thing off as much as practical, to my wife's frustration.

 
At November 14, 2005 at 8:17:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Larry: Good for you. While I don't mind making an occasionaly cellphone call, I never like receiving them.

 
At November 14, 2005 at 10:02:00 AM EST, Blogger Q said...

being a Computer God, I have never had any issue with technology and never have a problem.

gadgets are my friends.

 
At November 14, 2005 at 10:05:00 AM EST, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

I am mixed on most electronic advances - they seem to just take us further into a state of depersonalization and materialism. That said, during emergencies, a cellphone is a tremendous asset, so I can't knock it. I am more than a bit uncomfortable with my dependence on it, though...

 
At November 14, 2005 at 10:15:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Q: Thanks for your comment.

MCAryeh: Why are you uncomfortable with your dependance on cellphones?

 
At November 14, 2005 at 11:25:00 AM EST, Blogger Q said...

Lets take the toaster.

Before the toaster, you had to spend a good while preparing your fire, picking a good stick to put the bread on, sitting there with your toast on a stick over the fire, etc.etc. This was time consuming and often led to uneven toasting.

Enter the toaster.

pop in the bread, walk away, *ding* and done.

With this new technology, you can make your toast faster and while its toasting you can do other things. Great!

The flipside- you are now expected to be able to make 10 peices of toast in the time it takes 1, and during all the toasing, you are required to do other things.

More productive? YES!
You doing more? yes :(

 
At November 14, 2005 at 12:13:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Q: I hope you don't think I am arguing against all technology. I don't think that technological advances are a bad thing.

 
At November 14, 2005 at 1:59:00 PM EST, Blogger Q said...

I don't.

and you can add to my story above:
God save us if the toaster breaks!

 
At November 14, 2005 at 4:15:00 PM EST, Blogger Q said...

Your title reminds me of a Far Side cartoon found here:
http://photos1.blogger.com/img/5/2980/640/waffle.jpg

 
At November 14, 2005 at 7:49:00 PM EST, Blogger Alice said...

I make toast in the oven. Don't own a microwave. Or palm pilot. Or digital camera. I use a 23 year-old 35mm. Takes awesome pictures. Cell phones are good for safety. And I routinely do not answer my regular phone. Hate the phone. We only have one ringer turned on in the entire house just so we don't have to be annoyed by it.

I agree that these are tools to make life easier. Answering the phone when you don't want to doesn't make sense to me.

 
At November 15, 2005 at 6:40:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Alice: Sounds like you are "kickin' it old school!" ;)

 
At November 15, 2005 at 7:55:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been using my checkbook registers as pocket organizers!
But if I was always on the go and needed something more to get my appointments and calls straight, I'd use what was needed, within my means.
Users of all electronic devices need to discipline themselves to turn them off when in Shul, etc.

 
At November 15, 2005 at 8:05:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Anonymous: Cellphones in shul is a whole other issue.....oy vey iz mir!

 
At November 15, 2005 at 10:25:00 AM EST, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I love my new Pocket PC. Don't you remember what my wallet was like before? Dozens of business cards, post it notes... My desk was a mess with little messages, reminders, my jewish calendar was on top of my english calendar, and I never had access to either when making appointments.

Now I carry all my contacts with me, I have full access to my calendar, and I can even catch up on my medical journals in my spare time.

Of course, my desk is still a mess...

 
At November 15, 2005 at 12:15:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

PT: I knew you would answer like that. I know how much you like gadgets...like that nifty pen you have ;)

 

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