Contrary to what some people may believe, I like technology. I love having access to all sort of information at all times of the day. I even like playing the little games and things. Not only that, it is a great tool for writers, builders and dreamers…
BUT, I can live without it.
I presently do not have a cell phone, or iPad, or Reader or whatever, and I’m surviving just fine, thanks. In fact, when I leave home I’m not constantly worried about what I’m missing.
And before anyone says, “well, you just don’t understand,” I used to have two devices. One for work, and one for personal (I worked for the government and decided it wasn’t right to have anything personal going through a government system). On the business side it was my job to know everything that was going on pretty well all the time…and I loved it!
When I moved to the U.S., I gave both devices up – partly because I no longer had the same job (work device) and partly financial reasons (personal device). Let me tell you, it was utter heartbreak for me at that time when I had to let them go – and just like any other addiction – I periodically dream about them even now.
But over time, I learned to appreciate life without them. There have even been periods over the last few years where the power has gone out here for days on end, and I can live without the internet. Yes, it’s an annoyance, but I am not completely lost without it and can survive quite happily.
I am not a Luddite, but I do see the value in limiting one’s personal use of electronics.
It’s the same with television. I was a junky. But now, I don’t have cable, or satellite, or use Netflix. And because of that, my tastes have changed. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch any television. It just means I’ve become more discerning on what I’m willing to tolerate.
Let me tell you, I can’t stomach too much gore anymore – at one time I was so desensitized it rarely phased me…but even so, I still go to movies and periodically check out new (or old) shows to see if they appeal to me.
But even though I feel my quality of life is better for not being controlled by every new piece of tech that surfaces, at the end of the day, I do sometimes feel like Guy Montag from Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, where because you aren’t a part of the technology-absorbed world, you are hunted down for being abnormal…when really, living without its constant chatter is the most normal thing of all.