Technology burn out

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This morning I read in the Sunday Times that text messaging will phase out within the next 3+ years! I have also been invited to join Google + and can start to see the demise of Facebook. Last week I was very tempted to buy a new iPhone 3 to enable me to keep up with the changes. I believe iPhone 4 is due to be released anytime soon anyway!

I decided against a new phone once I realised that most of its apps would lie dormant in my hands. I was attracted to the image of being really socially active and technology savvy. I hardly use my phone apart from an occasional text message to friends or family. In fact my account for last month was $10.00.

However, I do believe we are on a the cusp of a major shift in the use of technology, almost as big as the industrial revolution in the 19th Century. Will I be left behind?

I would really like to hear from people in Japan, UK and Europe, about what shape this technology revolution is morphing into in your country. I suspect that Australia is some way behind other parts of the world in this race.

It is not just about learning new technologies – it is about the other costs that come with their use. And is it worth it? Do I really need “the world”at my fingertips 24/7?

I would be very interested to hear your take on this issue? What is the latest in technology  in your country? Is it accessible to all or is it just for those who can afford it?

cheers for now

Lorraine

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5 thoughts on “Technology burn out

  1. I’m mostly technophobe… although without my PC I’d probably still be unpublished! 😉 My phone is still only a phone (although the tri-band I use when traveling to the US has internet access, but I never use it), I don’t Tweet and I will buy myself a Kindle only because it’s cheaper than the i-Pad (although the i-Pad has colors, all my artist friends have it now…).
    Apple is everywhere, I think, but we do have our local e-readers and smartphones and whatnot – that I refuse to use. I’m not very technological anyway (I have a desktop computer, not a laptop…), so sorry I can’t me more specific! 🙂

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this Barb. I makes me realise that we will all probably pick and choose the items that are useful to us and ignore the others that are not relevant. I don’t want to be out of my depth when I get older. I think there is evidence to suggest that the baby boomers are taking on technology and can see its uses. I will be 57 in November however I have been using computers etc since the late 1980’s. Have a great day!

      Cheers
      Lorraine

  2. I’m from the USA, and I love technology. Especially Apple products (like my MacBook computer and iPhone 4), and Facebook. Here in the USA, I don’t see Facebook “dying out,” if only because more and more companies are using Facebook to communicate with their customers.

    IMO, you don’t really *need* to have the world at your fingertips 24/7 with an iPhone or Android phone — but it can sure come in handy!

    • Hi Joanne
      Thanks for your thought about IT. I am pleased to hear that you think facebook will be around for a while yet. My concern is that if I don’t keep up with all the latest technology I may find myself left behind. In Melbourne recently an older lady needed to check-in at the airport and it was all self service and she didn’t know what to do. I was able to help her fortunately.

      Thanks for your other comment as well. I would be very happy to be in your blogroll.
      cheers
      Lorraine 🙂

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