On Technology

I had hoped my phone would outlive me. I hate wasting my time on technology, and I didn’t want to spend any of the precious little time I have left learning how to use a new device. Already last month I had to get a new laptop, which I still haven’t quite got used to. So I’ve been hanging on to this old blackberry with its tiny mechanical keyboard for coming on seven years. People laugh when they see it. I try to claim retro status, as if it’s almost cool again. I’ve never even used its more sophisticated features, like access to the internet or email or apps. For me it was always just a texting machine, alarm clock, and phone. Now and then I snapped a photo or used the calculator. But it in all those years it has served me more or less faithfully, never needing a repair. Even the original battery still charges.

But then it stopped picking up a signal. I brought it in and we tried a few things. Nothing worked. Since I no longer have a land line, not getting a new phone wasn’t an option. My dear son, the one studying computer science, not the one who inherited my aversion to technology, met me at the store for moral support. And thank goodness he did, as the salesperson and I couldn’t find a common language (though we were both speaking English). Now I felt old and retro, but not cool. In the end, Oliver took care of everything, speaking to me, then to the salesperson, then back to me, like an interpreter. I stopped even listening to or addressing the salesperson, as if I didn’t understand. Not the type of social interaction I prefer or am proud of, but the only way I could cope with the situation and leave with a phone. I wish I were more evolved, but I consoled myself by thinking she could add me to her horrible-customer stories to amuse her co-workers.

My other son told me what kind of phone he would like to inherit, so that took care of some of the parameters. Oliver googled online reviews. I made colour selections. We ate some cookies I had brought to sustain us through the signing of the contract. Finally I left with my first touchscreen device, which includes a decent camera so I can add more photos to my blog posts, which I just figured out how to do on my phone. I will probably still be learning how to use it until I die. But I can now access my blog and all of you right here on my phone! And my son is pleased to have both a decent phone and a laptop to inherit!

So thank you, Oliver! And you’re welcome, Nathan!

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25 Responses to On Technology

  1. Val says:

    Oh my goodness, my dearest Susan!! I SO get it! I have had my IPhone 6 Plus for exactly three years now, and when I had a bit of difficulty with the phone the very first year, I brought it in to be “looked at” and was hoping for the best solution. The nice young fellow at the counter said: “ Ma’me, your phone is old. You really need a new phone.” I was stunned!!! I was just learning all the great things my ‘new’ phone could do! How could it be termed ‘OLD’????
    I told the young fellow that it was only a year old. I am not sure that my comment registered. I think selling new phones made more sense to him~unfortunately, and by design of the phone company.
    So I left with my ‘OLD PHONE’, which had been a Christmas gift from my amazing family, that had a three year warranty on it. We never usually purchased these warranty type things, but this time, it was quite useful,
    Three years into the phone, it still works, takes fantastic photos, and if I get into difficulties, I will make my way back to the store and hopefully speak to another young person who can appreciate the value of ‘OLD TIME BELIEFS THAT NOT EVERYTHING IS DISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT ‘SEEMS BROKEN’!!

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    • susanbriscoe says:

      I’m glad you were able to hang onto it! I think they also don’t appreciate how long it takes to learn to use each new device, and that’s partly why we are so reluctant to get new ones.
      Much love to you, Val!


  2. curioussteph says:

    And one never knows what new adventures add into the journey. Enjoy your new phone and may it serve both you and Nathan well.

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  3. I just got myself an iphone 6s. That is enouh for me. I think I’ve had it for about 8 months. I mostly use it for phone calls.

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  5. I traded in my second Blackberry about a year ago. It was my best phone decision ever. My new iPhone is easier to use and a lot more intuitive than my Blackberry. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your new toy! Like you, I have a millennial-era child to help guide me through the transition.

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  6. No photo of the shiny new phone? I’m disappointed. I’ll just look forward to the photos you take with this anonymous new phone 🙂

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  7. Susan: I suffer mightily with iPhones and other tech devices and I am surrounded every day by millennials who thrive on this stuff. I teach English in a university and I am constantly baffled trying to keep up with the fast moving technologies. I so appreciate your posting here, and the idea of taking your son to translate is both hilarious and super-smart.

    Good luck with this new device. You have many cohorts out here cheering you on.

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  8. lorrainebriscoe says:

    “Retro but not in a cool way” Yes I know that feeling! You made me laugh.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. RinDesign says:

    Haha I love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Dan Bohn says:

    You are way ahead of me Susan. I’ve had my iPhone 6s (first phone) for a year now. I don’t even like updating apps because things change, and it looks different. Lead the way Susan.

    Liked by 3 people

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  12. Shaurya Pratap says:

    Reblogged this on IT Bez.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Keith says:

    to be honest, people change their tech too often. We shouldn’t give too much of our money to Google and Apple!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. navy xie says:

    Cellphone has taking much of our daily life.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Arly Marv says:

    Omg that phones a classic…I remember my blackberry….it was hard for me to let it go too. You are not alone.

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  16. cybergeek says:

    Despite the features embedded in mobile devices this days! We still majorly use them for calls …texting and surfing…. That is quite different for geeks doe!

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