Random Ramblings: January 28, 2017

The other day my daughter was messing around on her phone; laughter filled the air.

She was using “Snapchat”.

She’s been using this app for quite some time now, and I’ve seen what it does several times…

If you aren’t familiar with Snapchat, it’s an app for your smart phone that can take filtered images that make people look… well… crazy. You can be a dog or a clown or Santa or just funny looking. You can make videos and send them to your friends and then chat while looking weird on the other end. Some of the images are hilarious… most are kind of dumb.

What always strikes about things like this is the amazing creativity and technical skill that goes into them… and all that we might achieve if we put such creativity and skill to work doing something productive. OK, you’re right, somewhere in all of this someone is making a great deal of money, so I’m sure it’s productive in a commercial sense, or they’d stop upgrading it, but couldn’t we do more than just that?

Yesterday, it was my plan to leave this post with just these thoughts, but there was late breaking news… My new phone arrived. To be sure, I had no idea that I had a new phone on the way. My wife had mentioned that I was eligible for a new phone (she is in charge of that sort of thing) and I told her that I was happy with my old one, but if I could go back to my old iPhone 3, that would be even better because it’s smaller than my Galaxy 5. Other than that, let’s just leave things where they are…

Therefore, my iPhone 7 plus arrived yesterday.

To be fair, the iPhone 7 is a marvel, it does so many more things that I’ll never use; I can even watch TV on it, and oh yes, that’s entirely free of charge for a whole year!!!

But for me, TV on a big screen is hard enough to see… What’s the advantage of seeing it on a very small screen? If I come up with an answer to that one, I’ll let you know…

And so today, my Galaxy 5 goes into the box where my iPhone 3 and all of the other perfectly good and operable phones are that I was “required” to replace with newer models that do more things that I don’t need.

It occurs to me that in so many ways technology

is just a waste of resources…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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20 Responses to Random Ramblings: January 28, 2017

  1. If I could make a suggestion, and a comment.

    First the comment, I would have given (almost) anything to have even TV on a phone when I was in England. I just couldn’t get into English television shows (sans Dr. Who), so being able to watch anything on anything would have been a blessing.

    Now the suggestion. I don’t know about where you live, but here I take our old phones (chargers included) down to a local women’s shelter. The shelter gets free service from Verizon, and the women can use the phones while they’re at the shelter. Usually they escape from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs, and certainly don’t want to use the phone that their mate knows the number.

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Still got my flip phone, but I will have to replace it. The support for it is slowly evaporating.

    Sometimes the high priests of technology don’t leave us much choice.

  3. BelleUnruh says:

    I had to laugh, because that is how I feel about new technology. Hey, I loved Windows 7!

  4. tellthetruth1 says:

    You probably know, from reading LappyChat, that I love music. I also love the things I play music on! Like my Sharp stereo(s), (yes, I have 3 of them 😀 ), circa 1979-80. Old is gold, sometimes; especially in my studio 🙂

  5. Liberty On the Lighter Side says:

    My husband is like your wife – my phone is busy dying a slow and agonising death but I’m not able to throw it out so my husband has been the one to go to the phone shop. I still need to take the final steps though and have been putting it off, probably will until it’s completely banjaxed and I’m stuck!

    • Don Merritt says:

      LOL If your old phone is in ICU, you might want to let it retire gracefully before it works its poor self to death 🙂

      • Liberty On the Lighter Side says:

        Yes, you mean like phone-euthanasia? Just feel terrible about it – and maybe a bit lazy. Eureka that’s it! I’m waiting for my husband to sort it out – I’ll go ahead and do it now, no need for me to be afraid of a few bits of metal. Thanks!!

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