The cost of owning technology
- How they live without technology
- If your life does revolve around the latest technology
- Babysit their technology
- Your friend who doesn’t have a computer
Are you always amazed when you meet someone who doesn’t have a computer or a cell phone? You think, how can these people even get through life? They must be miserable. Here’s a look at the cost of owning technology.
However, you observe that most of them are happy with how they live without technology. You, on the other hand, cannot comprehend how they make it through the day without technology. How do they learn anything without Google? You will find that most of these people use the old technology – it’s called the library -and it’s free. They find everything they need there. They may even use the computers there but don’t own one. So, they have access to everything you do, only they don’t have the expense of buying it, maintaining it, fixing it, or upgrading software on it. They don’t worry about viruses, malware, or getting hacked.
If your life does revolve around the latest technology you know that, although it’s supposed to free up your time by using it, that’s generally not the case. How much time do you spend trying to get something to work right? And, if you have a web site for your business or a personal one, how much time did you spend developing it, and now maintaining it, fixing it, and upgrading it? You have spend hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollar, or even tens of thousands of dollars getting your business set up. Have you even made enough from your small business to cover your expenses?
If you are not tech savvy to begin with you have to hire people to do things for you and that is not inexpensive. Most people are too lazy, or don’t have the time to study on their own how to take care of and babysit their technology once it’s up and running.
So, the next time you run into your friend who doesn’t have a computer or a smart phone, but still uses the same answering machine they bought for their land line in the 1970’s when you call them, take a close look at just how happy they seem to be.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That technology, although it has its advantages, really can’t make you happy.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because the pressure is put on everyone by the media and peers to keep up with the latest and greatest technology gadget.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: They can try to either get out of the way of technology or take time to understand it.
COMMENTARY: Technology has a long way to go to become easy and totally intuitive. Too many times the hardware and software over promise. It’s not plug and play no matter what they claim. If you don’t have a natural aptitude to get your technology to work find another way to make a living that doesn’t require putting yourself through the pain of owning technology.