Technology is great. We can cook faster, carry our movies and music with us and be plugged into the virtual world from virtually anywhere at anytime. What’s not to love about the convenience of today’s ‘convenience’ products? About that, let me say this.
Digital Scale – Every morning my digital scale greets me in the bathroom; metaphorically speaking anyway. And every morning I have to, pardon the pun, weigh my options. Do I want to know my weight this morning or do I want to pass on the hassle? Is digital really better than mechanical? Does it do something special that the other won’t; because my digital is harder to start than an old car on a freezing morning. It either won’t calibrate or it gives me the dreaded ‘error’ message. If it does get going, I am sure to be disappointed at what it says anyway. I long for the good old days when I only knew my weight when I went to the doctor.
Toaster – I like toast. A toaster is there for making you a quick breakfast addition or toasted sandwich bread. My four-slice toaster is too big to leave out because it takes as much room as a small microwave oven. So the urge for toast has to be pretty strong for me to go through the time and trouble to drag it out and set it up.
Ipod – The obvious upside to an Ipod is the music, the movies, the apps and the games. I admit it, I had to have one. For about three months, it went everywhere with me. Then I realized it was too much trouble to make sure it was charged every night. I was already charging my computer and my phone, this was one more cord to keep up with. If I wanted to charge it on someone else’s computer, then the software wanted to either download their Ipod selections to my Ipod or it wanted to add software to their computer, neither option was desirable. The inconvenience of it eventually led to it’s slow disuse; because frankly, everything it did, I was already doing with my cell phone or laptop.
GPS – The GPS in general is a remarkable tool. It tells you where you are, where you have been and, if you are lucky, where you are going. Whatever the brand of GPS you own, they all have the same basic problems. They either aren’t programmed with the proper streets or they give you wrong turns. For the most part, GPS units are helpful and convenient; but I find myself watching the screen instead of watching the road.
Cell Phone – I definitely have a love/hate relationship with my cell phone. It let’s me play all those games and listen to all the music I can’t get when my Ipod is dead. The thing I love the most about it is also the thing that is the most convenient; anyone can reach me at anytime. People are calling while I’m driving, eating, sleeping, taking a bath; I can’t get a moment of peace sometimes. You can’t say that you are not home the way you could when you only had a home phone. Guess I will have to claim a dead battery.