These days, who doesn’t own a fully equipped cell phone that takes pictures, shows TV as well as email and also own a Blackberry along with an iPod, in addition to much other electronic equipment? Every time you turn around there is another high-tech gadget that you have to purchase to maintain your status. My near companion had to have this little gimmick that stores and plays all the music she wants to hear. She even purchased a holder with two speakers, one on either side, to put her iPod in. Currently, an iPhone has been added to the list of what you must spend money on in order to interconnect. The fact is, that frequently much of the money spent on “electronic extras” is needed for life’s basic necessities. This caused me to wonder whatever happened to all those people who looked at me in distain because I did not have the perfect room in which to listen to my music. That place should have had a high-fidelity sound system with surround sound to emphasize the quality of the music. Autos still try to reproduce that sound with four speakers – how outdated!
I am / nor ever have been one of the hip people who needed all these gadgets. I, during my 45 years of working with about five different businesses across the eastern United States, kept many quarters in my pocket for the pay phones in every airport. I even had a telephone credit card for long-distance calls. Even back then, I always wondered how J. P. Morgan ran many companies around the world without even telephones. Therefore, I find little reason to carry around my cell phone. It is like having a dog leash around me. No, I don’t like being called anytime by anyone whenever he or she may want to get in touch. I don’t miss those people. If they really want to contact me and it is important, they can call me at home. There I have my only connection to gadgets – an answering machine.
I wonder what happens when people watch a movie on a cell phone or read an email message on a Blackberry. Do they walk down the street with a cell phone held out in front of them? Where does the desire come from to have a 20 square foot flat screen TV spread across the wall? It seems to me that every office or house has a television (maybe not the flat screen model) and a computer. Can’t people wait until they get inside a place with that equipment? Perhaps when driving hundreds of miles in a car, a cell phone might be needed. But isn’t it dangerous using that piece of electronic communication equipment while driving? How do people walk down a street while watching a movie that they are interested in? Yes, young people may make the excuse that they need cell phones so that they can make calls out of earshot of their parents.
I am eccentric; I like opportunities to think without distractions. I like solitude. When driving a distance in my car, I am in one of the places I go to find solitude. I don’t even play the car radio. What thoughts come to my mind are mine. However, I’ll admit there were times I would have liked to take a picture to capture a site and did not have my digital camera.
Yes, I get along better without all this equipment than with it. What I have saved from limiting electronic purchases has allowed me to attend plays, operas, symphonies and ballets. At these events, no one allows any of this equipment. I never get insulted when management demands that everyone shut off any and all electronic equipment. I need not look in my pockets for those gadgets. What a relief!