Arguably the best thing about living in this modern age is the abundance of devices meant to make life easier. The phone? The tablet? Are we still calling them phablets? I don’t know! All of this technology is meant to make our life seamless, right? Well why are there always seams then! Every bit of technology has a learning curve or changing parameters so great, it changes every time you finally get the hang of it. So here it is…your love/hate relationship with all of your little devices.
#5 The new phone – First of all, there is the overinflated price of phones in itself that gets you into this whole little wormhole where you basically have to just sign up for another couple of years. I know you don’t pay the poor workers in the factories that much, so why does the phone cost 300KD without a contract? Once you have a new one, you are never happier: so many new functions, so much better than the last one! Just wait, ’cause there is a new one coming in about ten seconds.
#4 The learning curve – Every time I finally get caught up to speed on something, it changes. Why, world? Why must you do this to us? Of course, the flip side is that you keep to a computer or phone too long, and much like my parents do, end up holding on to a phone that is so antiquated that rocks probably get better reception.
#3 The owners manual – Have you looked at an owners manual lately? These things are ridiculous. They are either minimalist picture-only explanations that don’t explain enough, or are a way-too-long nuts and bolts explanation of everything that only an engineer could figure out. Is it too much to think there might be a middle ground here people?
#2 Glitches with software – Why is it that every time there is a new software update for your phone, it starts crashing? Seriously people, did you not test this product before rolling it out to market? It has gotten to the point that, when a new update comes out, you have to let everybody else download it and find out what the problems are first. At its best, of course it is the best and latest of the kinds of features you are going to want, at its worst…it will leave you wide open for a security breach (yeah, I’m talking to you Apple!)
# 1 Change in terms update – So, all you wanted to do was hook up your phone for a little sync, and low and behold the dreaded window pops up again about the change in your agreement. Do you read it? Do you just blindly click accept and move on? Sadly, both are preposterous. In general, it is of course terrible to put your digital signature on anything you haven’t completely read. At the same time, it’s iTunes (hate to pick on Apple…sort of) or whoever…are you really going to give up your tablet and sharing info across devices due to one clause in a relatively frequently changing contract? You’re not. Just click ok. I won’t tell anybody.
Bonus: Why do I still not have a Jetpack? Ok, it is probably going to sound like I’m being funny here, but I’m not. We had a deal world: if I went ahead and went to school, you would keep working on getting jetpacks for kids to travel to school with. You didn’t keep up your end of the bargain though, did you world? The idea of being able to go to school in a jetpack was the dream of every post-Jetsons kid. We’ve got people still working on hover boards, and even a weird jetpack thing that just works on water and occasionally dunks you, and an increasingly packed skyline full of drones, so what’s the problem here? How different can the technology be? I want my jetpack people!
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