I seem to have over indulged with content on my iPad. It’s telling me “no more apps, no more apps” and to prove the point, it started crashing a lot. I got it fixed (deleted a bunch of stuff and had to set the entire iPad up all over again). So, how am I feeling about all of this?
- Anxious, to say the least. I was out of my routine and recognized, to my disappointment, how digitally dependent I had become.
- Victimized by myself. I did this to myself … no one else is to blame. I am in charge of getting myself out of this as well so I am…
- In control of the situation. iPad is not perfect … it does require some input from me.
- Digitally overweight. I’m now reading The Digital Diet (on my iPad, of course … I may be digitally overweight but I’m not dead).
- Frustrated at the fact that my apps that were backed up to Google Docs don’t sync back to the iPad app format.
- Thankful that the content of my apps were saved.
- Bothered that No. 5 came before No. 6.
While traveling this past week, I noticed that my rental car did not come with a key fob (2010 model). In reality, I had to use the key to unlock the door, causing me to think to myself “WTF?” Then, more reality set in … I have a job and a roof over my head. Get real, Elliot … get real.
With somewhat of a level head, I think back to the time when microwaves were introduced (yes, I am that old). Many predicted the end of the oven, similarly the way they predicted the end of classroom training when eLearning was birthed. Same concept here … technology should supplement, not replace what we have, including the ability to think independently, actually speak with another person instead of email (wait, email is so 2008 … replace email with Twitter, Facebook, whatever), and live the way we used to … in person.
To me, technology should be the enabler … it works for me … not the other way around.