It’s my pleasure to welcome again guest poster Elisa Keay of Urban Suburban Mommy on Plenty! While I tiptoe towards tech trying not to wake it up, Elisa embraces it with open arms. We’re friends anyway. Enjoy!
I love tech. I’m 45 and I learned how to use a typewriter when I was in grade 12. I didn’t own my first computer until I was 29. I used the World Wide Web Worm and Mosaic to search the interwebs before Google and Bing made life easy. It’s kind of funny that I was introduced to such an abundance of technology much later in, only to realize that I’d finally found what my life had been missing.
I love tech. I really do. Blogs, social media, home networks – I love it all.
Some days, as I work from home, you’ll find me with a set-up that seems alarmingly like a bad commercial for Apple. I’ve been known to use at the same time: 1 MacBook air, 1 MacBook Pro, 1 iPad, 1 iPad mini, 1 iphone 6s, and 1 iPhone 4s, all spread out around me awaiting a “Hey Siri” or a search. Music on one, writing on another, FaceTiming, talking, scrolling, playing – and one that just dings when I get a work email – because I’m neurotic about missing work emails.
It’s all just a bit much – but I can’t seem to help myself. I don’t always get out all of my iToys, but sometimes there’s a need. A rampant and unstoppable need to catch up on work while catching up on blogging, life and the latest Reddit trend.
And of course there’s the need to creep people that happen to pop into my mind that I haven’t seen for 20 years…
I am in awe of a few people I know who aren’t attached to their cell phones. I don’t know what I’d do without both of my iPhones – which I lovingly call the twins. I have a 6s for work – and I love the thing. I wasn’t crazy about the 5 series, nothing stood out so I never upgraded my 4s, but the 6s was a game-changer. The thumbprint recognition was a thing of sci-fi movies of my childhood. The “Hey Siri” command that springs this electro-assistant to life. The bigger screen, the intuitive touch and myriad solutions – if only it were waterproof it would be the most perfect thing.
I never upgraded my 4s because, well, I love that phone. It’s on IOS 6 – ancient by today’s standard, but it works for me and I love the old interface. Old. Four years and the thing is an antique by tech standards.
I am truly one of those people that can’t leave the house without a phone – and a charger just in case. I really don’t understand how people manage without all this tech. How did my parents raise me without an iPad to distract me or an iPhone to play me music? How did they drive around without getting lost? I swear, having an iPhone to give my husband and me directions has probably been a key reason my marriage is so successful.
I’m not sure whether I have a love or an addiction. I enjoy it so thoroughly, but I can’t be without it. I shut it off once in awhile – an afternoon, a day – but I start to get antsy when I leave the social stream of consciousness for more than a day or so. I don’t yet know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I don’t know if I’m too wired in.
I do know, however, that I want more and I crave learning more. iWant iCrave. I love figuring out new technology. I’ll play with programs and watch YouTube videos about them until I can figure out new tech for myself.
It’s almost frightening, but as it gets faster and more powerful, I find it more exciting and I can’t help but be giddy at finding out what we will come next.
I’ve come a long way since grade 12 typing class.
Huge thanks to Elisa for contributing this guest post! For more of Elisa’s writing, visit Urban Suburban Mommy, or follow her on social.