Writer’s Block: Linked, Wired and… Confused

By Corinne Wnek

I wish I were really enlightened when it comes to technology. Correction. I wish I wanted to be more enlightened when it comes to technology. I can’t seem to escape the roaring enthusiasm of people all around me who yelp about another new device that does this or that. Heck, I’m still working on figuring out how the crock-pot works.

My husband and daughter have a good understanding of this stuff and keep up with all the latest gadgets and gizmos as they evolve. They can discuss if the Droid RAZR phone with a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4 processor, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display and 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording is better than the iPhone 4S with its dual-core A5 chip. What? Can’t make heads or tails of this? Welcome to the language of ‘Techlish’ that in no way can be confused with English.

I’m not getting how all of this technology is supposed to be making my life easier because I’m more stressed than ever. Maybe this is because all of this innovation is moving too fast for me. Sometimes I feel like a construction worker who gets started on the middle of a building first, only to have to hurry up and reinforce the foundation before everything starts to crumble.

And there will never be a ‘finished product’ down the road because there is no end to even newer technology and the speed with which it can work. ‘One cent short of a dollar’ is how I feel sometimes when I actually try to keep pace with technology.

But I’m really not complaining about all the tech advances and new products that are out because in many cases I benefit from technology, too. I love my laptop and I am making a real effort to go paperless these days. But do these changes have to come so rapidly that an expensive, year old product suddenly starts to feel ancient? And while I’m at it, would it be asking too much for some of the younger generation to stop for a moment to remember that many of us were not raised on phone apps, gigabytes or megapixels?

That being said, I feel empowered to tackle the crock-pot. Okay! Okay! I mean slow cooker.


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