Why Do I Resist Technology?

June 24, 2014
I'm not the type of gal that you will see going all gaga over the latest I-Phone.  In fact, when there is something new that "everyone" has, I am usually very late to the game.  I've always been this way.  I remember when I was in middle school and albums were being released as CD's instead of on cassette tapes and my friend re-bought all of her favorite albums so that she could have them in CD form.  I thought to myself, "Why would she do that?  She already has all those songs on tape.  What a waste of money!"  I remember not liking CD's at first because they were more expensive than tapes, so I even continued to buy tapes for awhile.  Of course, I finally hopped on the CD train, but it took me a longer than average time to be convinced that I preferred them!  The same thing was the case with the flat screen t.v.'s.  I judged my boyfriend, who is a very frugal person, for spending so much on a flat screen.  My boyfriend is someone who went on a rant about laundry detergent being a huge rip off, and he wanted us to start making our own detergent to save money.  I was kind of annoyed that he was saying detergent was so pricey but he was willing to spend so much money on a t.v.  After watching shows and movies on the flat screen (that he has had for years) and then going back and watching a regular t.v., I now think that I would never want to watch t.v. on anything but a flat screen.  

When it comes to social media, I'm the same way and have always been hesitant about joining the various social media platforms.

MySpace: I only reluctantly joined that because the guy I was into at the time had an account and I wanted to see where he would place me and if I made is "top friends."  Ha! 

Twitter: I just made an account only because I started this blog and still don't have a personal Twitter account that my real life friends know about.

Facebook:  In 2007 when I was teaching in Korea, my friend Leann kept bugging me about joining Facebook.  I asked her why I would ever do that when I had a perfectly fine (and now deleted) MySpace account.  One night we went out for a St. Paddy's Day bash and she told me that she would be the photographer for the night and not to worry about taking pictures because she would e-mail them all to me.  She put them all up on Facebook, and told me if I wanted them I had to join Facebook.  She laughed and admitted she tricked me into joining!  I wonder how long it would have taken me to make a Facebook if it weren't for Leann's antics!

Some of the pics from that night:



Instagram: This is the latest one that people have been telling me I should join.  Truthfully, I signed up a couple of years ago, but just assumed that my profile would be automatically private like Facebook until I added people as friends.  I posted a couple of pictures and got some likes on them and it freaked me out because I didn't know that the account is public by default.  Also, the app would make my phone lag, so I just didn't bother with it, but since then I've gotten a new phone and have joined Instagram!  If you want to follow me, click here!

Here are some of my Instagram pics from the week so far:





Now keep in mind I'm just getting started with this...so my pics might not be that cutesy at first (or maybe ever, haha.) 

Something else that I didn't have for a long time when everyone else had one was a cell phone!  I only got a cell phone when I was 20 because I had to due to the fact that the French dorms I was living in did not have landlines.  It took me a few more years before I finally bought one when I came back to the States.  I did not like the idea of someone being able to contact me at all times because I don't really like to talk on the phone that much.  Now I love having a cell phone because I talk on the phone LESS and can just text! :)  I never even had a Smartphone until about three years ago, and of course I just had an Android.  When I arrived in Georgia earlier in the week, I was unable to use my phone because there was no available service through my provider.  Since I had to switch providers, I had to also buy a new phone, so I figured I would go ahead and FINALLY get an I-Phone since they were on sale.  As you may have predicted, I did not go for the latest phone, but bought the 4S.  After a day of using the I-Phone I knew I was hooked, but I really only got the phone because I was forced into buying a new one, anyway.  

I don't know why I am skeptical of new technology at first.  I guess maybe I just like others to test it out so I can read reviews.  I like to get feedback from my friends who own the products, and that way I don't have to waste my own money on items that many seem to not be too fond of.  I usually look into products that I'm interested in for awhile before I buy them so that I'll have more of an idea of whether or not the product might be right for me.

How are you in terms of technology?  Are there any forms of social media that you just don't think you'll ever get into?  What is a new, innovative product that you would like to have?
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Lora Ashley said...

I love technology but before I buy something I always research forever before shelling out the cash to buy it.

Areeba said...

I used to be like this, my cousin made my myspace account and bribed me to join haha!

jackie jade said...

i vary when it comes to technology. it took me awhile to get an iphone too. and i still have a huuuuge tv from the early 2000's ha. our main tv is a flat screen but i just can't justify buying a new one for the guest room since it still works ha.

Rubi Mancilla said...

I also only made a Twitter because of my blog and somehow managed to never make a MySpace account lol. I love technology but I also have to watch a dozen YouTube reviews before I go buy anything lol

Rebecca B. Bird said...

I'm the same way. I only got my first smartphone a year ago (gasp) and most of my social media involvement has come about as a result of blogging. I think my attitude is something along the lines of "If it's not broken, why replace it?" This is why I still have a working flip phone from 2005 in my possession, haha. Not being able to do things is what inspires me to get new stuff ... like I don't think my blog would be as successful if I didn't have social media, I wouldn't be able to watch tons of movies on Netflix for cheap if I didn't have a Roku box and modern-ish TV, etc. I guess technology does make some things easier!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i've always been an early adopter of technology; it's the geek in me :)

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Bahahaha... ohhhh, the infamous MySpace Top 8. Them were the days!

Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged said...

OMG you got a new phone and I have yet to get a txt?! *gasp* lol And I hear you about being resistant to technology. I still have a BlackBerry ;)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I am not willing to shell out the cash for something I don't know much about!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I guess in the long run I'm glad that she made me join Facebook since almost everyone I know has canceled their MySpace account!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Haha, yeah, I only got rid of my non-flat screen t.v. because it got ruined when my parents' house got struck by lightning!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I think one of the reasons why I am so late to the game is because I know that once I invest in the new technology I can't seem to function without it!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

The only reason why I don't have my flip phone is because it broke! Then I had to get a new phone/plan so I got a Smartphone because the plan I wanted included free internet, so I figured, "Why not?"

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Tell me what's new to the market, if you don't mind. :) Then I can be in the loop for once!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I remember getting pissed when someone would take me out of their Top 8, but then at the same time I would feel bad because more people had me in their Top 8 than I had room for in my Top 8!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Hahaha, I will text you soon, my dear! :) I haven't texted anyone besides my bf and sister so far!

Natalie Barletta said...

I am glad that I'm not the only one whose late in the tech game! I just got a smart phone last year, when most of my friends had them for years on end.

natalie @findingmyownvoice7.blogspot.com

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I just texted another blogger about how I don't know how to use emoji. I can't keep up with technology!

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