Using Technology Vs. Inspecting Technology

I’ve found myself lately inspecting technology, software and hardware, with the desire to learn something. A new online service comes along and I sign up, test drive it, and then move on. I rarely seem to actually “use” technology lately.

It is a really bad habit I have gotten myself into and I think it is because of my obsession to “know” everything I possibly can around technology. And this is just stupid. First off, there is no way to learn every bit of anything and the approach I am taking, as I am sure many do, is to consume mass quantities of something without any care for its usefulness. Secondly, why would I want to? I think I’d rather be an expert a few things that have some general knowledge in numerous things.

Use Technology
That’s what it is meant for. I will no longer buy a new product, sign up for a new service or download another piece of software unless I personally have a need for it. Not even for research will I do any of these things, because this is another way into fooling myself that I “need” to use a piece of technology.

It is a simple filter and I really hope that it will help keep my interests in tack.

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    […] In a psychology class in College we devoted a months worth of classes to the number 7, how people can efficiently only remember seven things at any given time. So it was cool to see Paul Buchheit’s post We all have tunnel vision where he explains that since we can only hold seven items we should not try to forcibly hold more. This also goes along with my other post: Using Technology Vs. Inspecting Technology. […]

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