Trouble With Technology
Trouble with technology
Let me start by saying, I love technology. It makes my life much easier, and faster. I’m also just starting how to use it to its maximum potential. Things like Facebook, Instagram, Hub pages, Amazon, and a whole laundry list of others are just the tip of the iceberg that is the internet revolution. What these sites and apps offer is amazing, if you know how to use it. That said, let me list out a few ways that these things frustrate me to no end.
1. No on board user tutorials
Using social media is what you make of it, if you spend a lot of time with it; you’re going to get good at it. I am just coming off of a several year hiatus from all but the most basic of social media. When I left Facebook, it was a pretty simple layout, and straightforward. Now there are pages to link to, a whole marketplace that I hadn’t even noticed, and this is just the tip of the iceberg I’m sure! I think it would be nice to have a periodic update tutorial if a user account has been inactive for a substantial time.Some of us are a little slower than others, and always sat at the back of the class for a reason.
Tip to any company who listens: Give me a few tool tips to get through those new features, would you?
2. ALL THE SPAM
I haven’t used amazon since about a year ago. I love the convenience of being able to shop online and save a buck, have your goods delivered to your doorstep, and do it all from your phone. That’s some real Jetson’s stuff there, and I’m sure it’s only going to get better. That said, I can’t say I’m particularly interested in kindle books. I don’t own a kindle, and vastly prefer the sound of paper scraping across itself to the feeble attempt at the same from a speaker. A kindle can never replace the smell of a good book either. That's just the start of my gripe in this category. The amount of spam I get a day is ridiculous. I haven't had an empty inbox for about 10 years. I used to have it as a point of pride, that all of my work was done. One time I was going through my emails and mass deleting all the garbage, and accidentally got an important one in there too. Ever since, i just let it stack up.
Tip: Just don’t spam. I don't think anyone is listening anyways.
How is your experience with technology these days?
3. A complete lack of privacy
This might be linked to the previous entry, but It depends on the company. If I have a friend tell me something about a gadget that I don’t know something about, or some other reason to google it, I get ads based on that for weeks! Some of the worst offenders are video game companies or car companies. They’re relentless, and just make me less likely to buy from them for the risk of encouraging that behavior. There’s more to this than meets the eye. Do I really want to leave a review every time I enter a store? No, I can’t say I do, and the incessant asking “how was your visit at name a business incorporated?” just makes me want to not do it on the same basis as before. I think that I deserve some privacy, and don’t necessarily want to have a live view of where I've been, only to get hit with more “limited time offers” and other such deals.
Tip: A day or so after is enough, sometimes I just google stuff.
4. The time sink
This is the one that I originally left the social media scene for. Just the amount of time I put into scrolling, liking, swiping, and all the other actions was obscene. There were hours out of the day lost just to looking at all the posts, food, and random thoughts my friends put out to the world. I love being able to talk to friends and such, catch up on how they’re doing, but do I need to see their whole life story? Apparently I do.
Tip: You know what? This one’s on me.