This is a subject I keep coming back to, but I have reached a point where I can finally say that new technology is not doing it for me these days.
It could be an age thing, a growing up thing or just an apathy towards modern tech and a move towards more traditional material items.
When I say that it is ‘not doing it’ for me I do not mean that I don’t appreciate what is being developed, but that I look at it as a means to an end rather than something exciting. For example, the BeatsX headphones that I have been using for months get lots of daily use and I really do appreciate the battery life, reliability and sound quality. However, they do not excite me in any way and are mere tools that do a job for me.
The AirPods are arguably more exciting and I can see why people do get excited by them, but I personally don’t like the sound quality they produce and much prefer the Beats.
My MacBook gets use when I write and at no other time. Again, I appreciate it for what it is and what it lets me do, but excitement is not a word that would describe how I feel about it. And the same applies to the iPhone X. I use it throughout the day and love what it does, but the actual device is invisible to me and defers to what I do over and over again with it. This is likely what Apple is aiming for and over time this does breed loyalty that is subconscious, but I really do not see myself upgrading from it in the next 2-3 years unless there is a professional need for freelance work.
I think I have done my time being a ‘fan’ of technology and am constantly amazed at those on Twitter and who run websites for year after year while retaining the passion they have for the genre.
For me, I get more enjoyment in making my MacBook last for much longer than buying the latest and greatest model. I like the idea of beating the system and running the same iPhone for 3-4 years and saving a fortune in the process. I enjoy appreciating the workmanship in vintage and new watches and sometimes just reading long articles or a book in silence.
Lots of things are happening at the moment outside of writing and the website (moving house, looking for a new job, kids blah blah) and I am kind of enjoying not having tech as another thing to think about on a daily basis. When I consider my family and everything else going on, tech feels like the least important use of my time.