As tempting as it is to constantly upgrade our tech, there is a subtle and insidious process at work that actually undermines our effectiveness.
I'm not talking about the expense of constantly upgrading, or the headaches that new features can create. I'm not even talking about the radiation problems that are shushed when it comes to cell-phones (although if you hold your cell phone to your head you might as well stick your head in a microwave - this is silly behaviour around dangerous tech!).
What I'm talking about is the overall waste of time and life, and the accompanying stress and distraction that constantly wears on you. The simple fact is, you don't need a brand new cell phone every 18 months or 2 years. The technology already delivers a stellar product, and changing it out for any reason other than breakage causes a low-level anxiety and added burden that further distracts us from being present in the world. Same goes for computers, although to a lesser extent as they do slow down over time. And our tech gadgets, although helpful in accomplishing certain tasks, also ironically become the largest source of time-waste there is.
Time management experts have identified that the biggest waste of time is distraction. I can think of nothing that is more distracting than constantly binging/zinging cell phones or text messages, or checking your email 45 times an hour or getting constant calls. The simple fact is, cell phones and computers cause great distractions, and therefore become the biggest time wasters and destroyers of efficiency.
(Hint: for maximal efficiency, set aside a 2-hour "chunk" of time in which you turn off cell phones, deliberately DON'T check email, and hold appointments. You'll get more done in that 2-hour block than in an 8-hour day rife with distractions. ;)
And then there is the "human" toll. The more we pour ourselves and our lives into those tiny little screens; the more we engage in endless rounds of texting, checking email, and the like, the less we actually EXPERIENCE life. Our life. The life around us. Being present to what is, instead of being lost in a dreamworld like the Matrix.
Many will poo-poo this blog post. It's fun to have the latest tech. But honestly, do you need it? When was the last time you hugged your kid/S.O.? Do you spend a lot of time texting and surfing the net, but don't get out and walk or exercise or spend time in nature?
How good are you at actually conversing with another human being, or animal, face to face (or face to snout)? Are you able to spend time alone, or do you have to distract yourself to avoid yourself?
The simple fact is, cell phones and similar technology are addicting, and they put you on a rat-wheel. I'd rather be in the rat race as a human being, rather than being a technoRat. Go outside. Life is waiting.