So I have internet on my mobile phone- a device that resembles a mini computer more than a communication device developed for talking and used mostly for silent communication. How come my fancy pants tablet which is, in fact, a full blown and very capable computer (top notch modern it has a touch screen like my mobile phone) does not have the ability to connect to the internet automatically without a hotshot, virtual link that you physically clink on, outside modem that blinking out its messages to invisible sphere of the internet’s cobwebs? Does this seem backwards to anyone else? Technology is so advanced in some aspects, but so lagging in other parts. This limbo is strange, when everything is unevenly striving to catch up, patched together like a mismatching quilt, haphazardly sewn together with any regard for the pattern.
All this hype around cell phones and people don’t even use them to talk. When was the last time you had a conversation on the phone? These pocket computers are so expensive and advanced and supportive of your career, personal and expressional life, why don’t we call it what it really is? Honestly, it’s hardly a phone. I mean the reception sucks consistently, plus nobody wants to hear your conversation, (please kept your eyes glued to the tiny pocket screen at all times) why are we still insistent on calling that pager a cell phone?
Beep beep, now who is making fun of the girl walking around with a pager on her belt.
I am caught at a strange spot in the development of technology and its use in everyday life. See, I feel extremely blessed that I am living in a time where there is digital photography and the internet. Bus tracker, train tracker, online shopping, online appointments, a dictionary at my fingertips, a map that will talk you through directions. All of these things are nothing less than magical.
I remember when the internet was invented, how cool is that?
Well it’s not really that cool. See the thing is, when I was in high school, we did not even have computers outside of computer class. We were supposed to get new computers in the library, but the school had to put in video surveillance instead because they couldn’t figure out who kept pulling the fire alarms everyday.
I used computers in college, and now I own a tablet. That is about the full extent of my technological knowledge.
Computers and exploiting their use is important not just in everyday life, but integral in the professional setting. They are everywhere, and I know that my life could be greatly improved if I knew how to use common, everyday tools that children are learning in elementary school.
It’s not like programs are user-friendly, they make no sense. Honestly, I just erased a full paragraph with a touch of a button, and I have no idea how to get it back. Its gone forever, my thoughts are now with the wind.
So what do we do? Us adults who are expected to know information that is being taught to the children, that are all of a sudden necessary for success, when I basically know how to turn my machine on and off?
Its frustrating, not knowing how to use these powerful tools that operate with the smallest touch of the fingertips.
I hate autocorrect with my whole heart. Seriously why do I have to retype a word 3 times for it to come out the way I want? Also, if you change the punctuation at the end or accidently press space, next thing you know I am retyping the same word 7 times. Its exhausting and really hard not to loose your chain of thought. The automated corrections are so demanding and intrusive. I don’t even know you, autocorrect, back off. Get a clue. Why are the corrected words not underlined anymore?