Lo-Tech Reflections

It’s a year to date since I created my TrendIncite Xchange blog and I thought I should reflect. In my very 1st post Moving into the 21st Century I mentioned how lo-tech I am. I still consider myself lo-tech, but I’ve taken a plunge and made a few technological upgrades…

I’ve traded my trendincite@aol.com e-mail for amy@trendincite.com. I’m now on twitter @trendincite and I actually use it and like it. I find it helpful to research trends quickly and express random observations while they occur instead of waiting to formally write about them.

I upgraded my ancient Blackberry Bold 9930 to a Samsung Galaxy SIII (not 4, because I still don’t need the latest nor did I want to shell out an additional $200). Even my husband who was holding on to his slide phone, which he referred to as his “dumb” phone joined me and took the leap. I’m still adjusting to the touchscreen keyboard and the verdict is not out yet. Check back with me in a few months.

I just created accounts for Instagram and Vine, which I haven’t gotten into yet and really don’t need. By the time I do figure these apps out, I’m sure there will be several new and improved ones and I’ll continue to be behind the times.

As a holiday present, my sister just purchased a Smart TV for my family. I don’t think the kids will be too sad to give up our one and only tube TV. Even though I rarely watch TV, I have to admit I’m a bit excited about the change. The kids have been begging for a tablet, but we haven’t given in yet.  We’re considering buying them each one for the holiday, but I’m hoping to hold off for just a little while longer.

Who knows what the upcoming new year will bring. Maybe a year from now, I’ll have embraced technology and be addicted to my Android, the myriad of apps available and my new Smart TV. And maybe my kids will each have their own tablet.

Am I the only one struggling to keep up with technology? By the time I’m comfortable with a current technology, it’s become obsolete.

Technology Cleanse

Two weeks ago my Blackberry Bold 9930 was in my back pocket and to my surprise when I went to the bathroom, I noticed it had fallen into the toilet. I had heard that if this happens, (a far too common occurrence), you should submerge the phone in a bag of rice. Hoping any electrical parts would dry up and my phone would work again, I did so. Unfortunately, 24 hours later I checked and my phone did not work. Luckily it was the weekend and I had no appointments. I really did not need my phone. However, I felt disconnected.

Debating if I should give in and purchase a touch-screen smart phone like the IPhone or Samsung Galaxy SIII (which I wrote about in my 1st post), I decided to use my insurance and just replace it with the same Blackberry.  As mentioned in earlier posts, I don’t like change for the sake of change. An aside, I am slowly moving into the 21st century and switched from my trendincite@aol.com e-mail to amy@trendincite.com e-mail.

Anyhow, I was without a smart phone for four days.  At first I was a bit disoriented and felt a little lost considering I’ve had a cell phone for 13 years.  It’s quite sad how we have become so dependent on technology. There was something nice about not being connected. I wasn’t constantly checking my e-mails, texting or calling. I was in the present, spending quality time with my family.

We expect everything so fast. We are reachable and “on” 24/7. Technology provides us with instant gratification. However, I think at times this hinders us. We need down time and I think technology cuts into this time. Of course this only occurred to me because of the toilet incident. But now that I’m aware, I intend to make more time to be disconnected.

Moving into the 21st Century

I’ve had Trendincite LLC for 7 years and I’ve just now decided to move into the 21st century by having a blog.  Who knows what’s next? I could have a twitter account, an IPhone, IPad, or an e-mail address that isn’t aol. My underlying belief is “if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it.”

As some of you know I pay attention to details and I’m a perfectionist or at least I try to be, particularly when I write. There were a few reasons I didn’t want a blog… 1) it adds more things to do to my never ending list, 2)  it requires me to write in 1st person with no editors to review my work, 3) it’s not scripted or researched compared to my business writing and last but not least, 4) it might be boring.  Anyhow, here it is.

For a person who professionally follows trends and enjoys new products and experiences, I’m afraid of technology.  No matter what industry you’re in, technology is what propels products and services to move forward.  I do appreciate this. However, I have no interest in having the latest or the greatest new gadget. I still have my Blackberry Bold 9930 and I’m not embarrassed to use it.

Two years ago my husband gave me an IPhone for my birthday.  Knowing me so well, he paid in full so that he didn’t have to change my plan just in case I didn’t want to make the change.  I’m in trends, so naturally I should have excitedly opened the phone right away and never looked back. What did I do?  I stared at the apple logo on the wrapped package for quite some time and then apologetically said thank you, but no thank you.  You know why? I was afraid to make the change when I didn’t need to. I have too many distractions in life already and I can’t keep up with what I do have. I didn’t want all of the great bells and whistles. I want simplicity and efficiency.  I like typing on my Blackberry instead of a touch screen and it meets all of my basic professional and personal needs for now – calendar, address book, e-mail, text, camera etc. Technology requires embracing change.  It’s constantly being updated and unless my needs aren’t being met, I don’t see a reason to embrace change.

My final thought…although brand loyalty is hard to come by these days (because there are way too many choices), I can understand why consumers stay with a product or service because it meets their needs at the time.