Hello SOTGC community,
How many of you have smart phones? OK…for those of you that raised your hand while sitting at your desk in the office or in line at Starbucks go ahead and do a “self high five” (perhaps don’t attempt this if you have a coffee cup in hand.) Now how many of you have had one or more run ins with the fact that sometimes your smart phone thinks it’s smarter than you…and you have to prove it wrong?
The other day I was sitting with some colleagues at lunch and noticed that during this time at least two of the five of us were on our phones at any given moment. After hearing a smattering of “Wait!”, “What?!”, “Arghhhh”, I made a random comment about our phones taking over our lives and that sometimes we have to show them that we are, in fact, smarter than they are. (I don’t suggest telling this to Siri for those of you with iPhones because that chick will always win!)
All I know is that my smart phone, on one hand, makes my life a bit easier than it was five years ago. I can find grocery stores, restaurants, and look up anything I need to online, whereas before I’d have to actually KNOW where things were or look them up in a dictionary…with pages and all! On the other hand, it has caused more inappropriate texts, emails, re-routing of driving directions by the closest Rite Aid or McDonalds (I’m convinced this is a conspiracy, and the big businesses and fast food chains are out to get us consumers) and yet hasn’t picked up on the fact that anytime between midnight and 3 AM on weekends is the time when it SHOULD be smarter than me…and simply shut down.
While I’m a huge fan of progress, technology, and anything that allows me to find the nearest Coffee Bean or Target…sometimes I wonder if smart phones were intended to make us more dependent and less self sufficient…or if they were simply a great invention from someone with a wicked sense of humor that enjoys watching man/woman try and “beat the machine.”