When was the last time you had a week off social media?
This is a non-post this week. It’s been scheduled (of course) but I thought why not have a week off…?
Social media seems to be increasingly linked with somewhat negative aspects of our culture, including to those of us who are prone to feel things such as jealousy, stress or perhaps are struggling with depression. If social media inspires negative feelings in you, maybe you should take a week off and see how you feel…and maybe reclaim and reuse some of the time you choose to spend looking at it each day for other things that inspire better feelings…one thing is for sure though, these devices are an addiction…they almost seem to substitute for fidgeting with your fingers…I wonder if nail-biting has gone down as use of them has gone up…?
Have a nice week!
Following on from my last post, it got me thinking about the fact that, OK, you’ve got your shiny new upgraded item (whatever it might be), and guess what…it’s got errors or bugs in it!
After the slightly strange thing whereby we buy something we don’t actually need, the real con on the part of the sellers is that it often doesn’t actually do what it is supposed to. While this isn’t usually a mechanical fault, they knowingly release items which have bugs in them, and wait for the customers to report the faults so they can be fixed!
With the advent of the internet, it has seemingly made it acceptable for products (primarily software) to be sold which are basically faulty…”But it’s OK because we’ll patch it later” seems to be the mantra.
Think about iOS iterations, think about MS Windows, think about updates to console game software. Granted some of these patches are a necessary security requirement but so many are because people are basically flogging shoddy goods which have been rushed to market to meet the latest upgrade cycle…the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a real classic example for all of the wrong reasons. Imagine if they sold cars that had faulty brakes…oh, that’s right, Toyota did that one already!
And yet we tolerate it as acceptable because having updates is better than having faults. We con ourselves and we allow ourselves to be conned.
I’ve been thinking of late about how we are seemingly all sucked in – in some way, shape or form – to the cycle of upgrading technology.
The latest mobile phone, the latest annual iteration of a computer game, the latest remake of a classic film, the latest TV…whatever it is, we are sold a new item which replaces something which is not even close to being obsolete, and often that new item doesn’t even do anything markedly different to that which it is replacing and is simply a set of new gimmicks. Is this the ultimate con trick of these companies who make new technologies? If they were actually being deceitful about their items, I’d say yes, but we allow ourselves to just go along and spend our hard-earned cash on something which is probably 95% identical to the last one in its functionality and gives us only fleeting satisfaction (and maybe an opportunity to gloat at someone who doesn’t have it – like they even care). Are we conning ourselves?
I’ve inherited my last two mobile phones. At one point I went into a store to look at the latest iPhone and asked the shop assistant about the different models available. He asked me what I needed the phone for and I said “to make calls and send texts”, to which he honestly replied, “why don’t you just get an older one?”. Refreshing.
When you upgrade your mobile phone (as an example, and assuming you just buy the same brand), the first thing you do is set it up exactly like the old one, and iTunes even does this for you! There isn’t really much fun in it or much reason to explore. It doesn’t seem to make much sense if it isn’t replacing obsolescence, except for those companies who want to keep making lots of money so they can keep designing small improvements to roll out next time. Perhaps it is simply the milking of brand loyalty by large corporations.
It is hard to understand how we can get so much gratification from this, and yet somehow we do, me included with certain products. Surely it would make sense for us to upgrade less often and actually feel like we are getting something that is actually much better (maybe even life-changing) instead of just mildly different? We’d have the added benefit of saving some of the earth’s scarce resources if we upgraded any consumable items less often, which would be an added bonus, although at least older phones can be dismantled by machine and the valuable components re-used.
Something for us all to think about.
This is a bit of a shameless plug for two things…and somewhat out of kilter with the rest of regular 42world content.
First up, I’ve recently written a new comedic sci-fi novel called “Baabaric” which is now available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle. If anyone who owns a Kindle (or has a Kindle reader app on their device) is interested in taking a punt on a new author like me, please do so! It’ll only cost you peanuts so if you decide to have a go, I personally thank you and I hope you enjoy it!
Secondly, I’ve launched a new blog (please follow if you’d like to) to sit alongside this new world I’ve created, set in the village of Nether-Staining, so if anyone fancies taking a look, you can find it at www.netherstaining.wordpress.com.
In case anyone is concerned, worry not as my musings on this blog will continue.
Thanks for reading!
I was rather surprised recently, on consuming a can of Lion Red beer, to note a list of nutritional information, I couldn’t recall seeing such a thing on beer before.
I felt fairly certain that beer is widely regarded as being bad for you, and yet here we have the proud declaration that the beer is 99% free of sugar!
Closer inspection reveals 1.3g of dietary fibre and 1g of protein and quite low in fat! Lower in sodium than 7up too!
So the questions are these…why does the drinking of beer result in the beer belly? Why isn’t it hailed as the latest in health supplements? Why aren’t we all supping for the good of our constitution?
Why indeed…I dare say we can all think of many reasons…particularly to do with knowing when to say no. 🙂
For my final post on Niue, I thought I’d show you a few views of the west coast, where the sun sets every single day (funny that!).
Enjoy a kalaga (a Niuean beer brewed in Christchurch, NZ), maybe a cocktail, maybe some wonderful seafood.
Or maybe visit the Washaway Cafe which only opens on Sunday at Avatele…perhaps the only such venue in the world that operates on an honesty system…just tell them what you’ve had and then pay for it at the end! Amazing!
Thank you, Niue, for a superb holiday.
There were a lot of geckos (and skinks and chickens) living on Niue. At night you can hear the geckos calling each other.
One gecko kept appearing in the hotel room each night, in the bathroom, so we named him Bathroom Bob. However, Bob had a trick up his proverbial sleeve…when returning late one night and searching for him to ensure he wasn’t going to be trod upon, Bob was instead located lurking in a glass from which I was enjoying Sprite just earlier that afternoon…so do geckos drink Sprite? Perhaps they do!