My Other Side of Technology vs Smaller Living

While I mostly love the way technology has progressed, I do have a couple of complaints about it. Like most, I enjoy the great benefits of technology for smaller living. I have written about these in some of my other articles here so I won’t repeat myself, but in general you can pack tons of music onto a tiny mp3 player, keep your e-books on a your computer and/or have a cell phone that will do nearly everything your computer can do. However, to be perfectly honest, there are some unpleasant experiences I have had in regards to technology when it comes to small, simple living…

For instance, I recently got rid of my land line in favor of a cell phone so I could have more privacy…only giving the number out to family and a few friends. I got sick of the phone ringing every night at suppertime with telemarketing calls. Even though I had an answering machine, I still hated the disturbance. Fussy me!! Anyways, I went to my provider of choice and picked out this fancy cell phone that did everything but tie my shoes…it did emails, text messaging, had applications for all kinds of things, games, surfing the net, shopping lists…a whole variety of convenient things. The problem was when I got it home, I got a crappy signal and couldn’t use if for my original intention which was…DUH…a phone! Now, I thought, that was just taking things a bit too far :)

So, I went back and they let me get a different phone. That one had the same problem plus it was so complicated that it made my head spin!! I finally ended up with a very simple cell phone, but even though I got the simplest, just plain phone they had, I still had to make 3 calls to customer service to put a lock on anything that had to do with surfing the net, emailing or text messaging, lest I get charged again for something I didn’t even know I used!!!

There are a whole list of places I like to go that don’t even give me enough of a signal to useĀ  my phone. I like to take country drives with a picnic lunch and my camera, but if I got stuck somewhere, what good would this great technological gadget do me? I can’t even get a signal at my parents house which is far from a remote town!

My plans for simple living after retirement include someplace quite remote where I can get away from all the traffic, people and noise I have been living with everyday while I was trying to make a living, aka, a dying as some people would put it! Those places generally don’t have much of a signal. I have a friend that must drive to the top of a nearby mountain to get her cell phone messages or call out because she doesn’t get any signal at her cabin or anywhere on her property of 50 acres. What if she had an emergency?

I will want to have access to online so I can keep in touch with my family and friends the way I love to. This might be fairly difficult too. Getting cable for internet service is not always available, leaving me with the basic inconvenience of dial-up!! That means a land line again. I mean, I know dial-up is still internet service, but once you get spoiled with a fast connection, dial-up is like Morse Code!

My next complaint is that some of this technology is not easy to learn and it can be totally frustrating to simple folks like me! When things go bad, they can really go bad…like getting a computer virus or your computer crashing and losing all your stuff. It can be anything but convenient to fix this situation! It can make you so mad you swear you will never deal with any of it again, but then you do – because when it is convenient it’s damn convenient :) :)

So, even though I will probably never do without any of these conveniences, technology can be as much of a headache as it is an asset :(