I may have mentioned once before that I worked as an A/V tech at my school for the past year and a half. I may have also mentioned that I’m slightly old school. These two things should probably not go together. With me they do.
I love the latest technologies, but I do tend to hold on to the old. I romanticize the vintage. I very much want a record player, having always listened to and admired my grandparents’ records. I wish I could remember what an 8-track was like, but it was slightly before my time. Having found some old audio cassette tapes, and having a cassette player in my car, I’ve taken to driving around playing them.
Being addicted to the internet, I’ve shyed away from having the internet on my phone. I don’t want to be glued to it or feel the need to constantly update. I’ve been fighting it. The fight is over now. I’ve surrendered– and gotten a smartphone.
It’s not even fully charged yet, and I’ve already downloaded my first app. I laughed to myself when Molecular Sheep and my old boss (who, when he heard I was getting a smartphone, replied to the news with the words, “Welcome to 2008”) said that their smartphones had “revolutionized their lives.” I thought that was silly. Nothing was going to change. I was just going to be able to play scrabble on occasion with my friends and pass empty moments with Angry Birds and maybe get some directions on Google Maps when I got lost driving. Maybe my email would be a bit more reliable as well. The occasional facebook status that wouldn’t have to wait til I got home. Nothing big. But now, with my phone charging, I can feel myself eagerly awaiting its completion. I can feel the excitement. there is power in this little touch-screened object. And I am surprised. It sports a big calendar on one of my- count them- FIVE home screens. This syncs with my google account as well. I may be in love. I’m wondering how long it will take before I give up my old-school datebook. The one that I go looking for around every Christmas, because I can’t start the new year without it. I can feel it losing importance. I can feel the ease with which this one little device is actually going to change my life…