Monday, May 16, 2011

Technology and health

New technology comes along all the time. I usually am not one to jump on the bandwagon right away. Maybe I'm slow but actually I think its because I am cheap. Do I really want to spend money on things I may never use? I mean I have enough UFOs (Unfinished Objects) in my house already - half-knit and half-crocheted items, plans to rearrange the living room, spring cleaning, paint the kitchen, etc. - do I really need something new that will suck up more of my time that could be spent catching up on my DVR'd TV shows?

I am contemplating a color Nook from B&N. It looks pretty cool but I will have to think for a few months if I would ever use it. And what would I do with all the books I already own? And what about the joys of going to a bookstore and browsing - a favorite rainy day activity? But I will ponder this for a while.

A few years ago, I joined the smart phone groupies and got myself a Samsung smart phone from AT&T. I know its smart because its smarter than me - it does things that I don't understand and I know I don't use all its capabilities. I am sure it can do more for me. I still keep my calendar in Outlook on my less-and-less-frequently used desktop computer - not even on my laptop, never mind my phone. With my medical appointments it would be an epic undertaking to move over everything but I might need to bite the bullet on this one.

Now it turns out my smart phone isn't smart enough. There are all these medical applications that might help keep me healthier. But I don't think my phone can use these because they are for iPhones, Droids, and Blackberrys.

So if I want to use these apps, I need to upgrade my phone... So why should I move my calendar over to my phone if I'm about to upgrade it? Do I really need a smart phone if I am going to get a color Nook where I can surf the web? This is turning into a technological overload which might cause me to have more health issues. Maybe I'll just keep reading the newspaper that is delivered to the front door daily.

1 comment:

nancyspoint said...

Like you, I generally take my time with stuff. And I agree, there is something really nice about browsing in a bookstore. I won't be giving that up. I do need a new phone though...