Will there be tech backlash?

Out of interest one day I totted up all the tech stuff I have. It was grim reading.

Two iTouches, one iPhone, three laptops, one desktop, Apple TV, ExPat TV, one smartphone, two iPads and one mini iPad. Craziness. Simply not needed and embarrassing.

My family and I can be in touch with the world 24/7 if we choose to. So too, of course, can millions of others. But for how long? How long until there is a tech backlash?

The Pope started it recently when he urged families to put down their iPhones and social media feeds and actually spend some time talking to each other.

“The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information,” the Pope said.

In another story, a woman came back from a ten day break to find 10,000 new messages in her inbox.

Then and there she decided on a one-year experiment – to stop using email altogether and asked that people call her instead. If you read the story, you will see it did her no harm at all. The story also points out that increasingly there is an email backlash.

Old school: we seemed to do OK with these, no?
Old school: we seemed to do OK with these, no?

My wife also told me about a story where robotics and computer scientists were being warned to slow down research as they were in danger of soon being able to make mankind redundant.

Some time ago on this blog, I wrote about not wanting any more gadgets. The reason, then, was age. I have the same attitude still, but now the reason is that I am becoming increasingly tired of feeling that I should check my emails when I wake up – and if need be respond to them.

I am getting tired of my laptop’s magnetic force pulling me towards it at weekends. I am getting tired of doing interviews by email, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and not in person. It is not laziness, it has become the norm. I do not want the Internet in my glasses.

I have stopped buying gadgets unless I actually need them. I want my kids to get rid of stuff they only really need. I find increasingly that I am beginning to resent tech, I am starting to find it too intrusive, I am finding that it increasingly dictates my life for me, whether I like it or not.

I find that advertisers tell me that I must have the latest gadget – I don’t need or want them, thank you, but then I am made to feel left out of the race. Unworthy.

Do others feel like me? Will there be a tech backlash? Will we simply say ‘no I don’t need an iPhone 15? I think it will happen.



6 thoughts on “Will there be tech backlash?

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  1. I feel where you’re coming from. I love tech, but have gotten disinterested in it.

    Even though we’re at the point of requiring aspects of tech to thrive and build (e.g. websites, linkedin), we probably need to willingly cut off from it for periods of time.

    My child’s been using an iPad since he knew how to turn it on, and now I worry he’s too caught up in it at times.

    While a year – heck a week – is probably too long to go ‘cold turkey’, heh, maybe a day or two away from it all could be in order.

  2. Good article. In agreement but with great irony read this on my iPhone while surfing web instead of talking with real folk. Off for Good Friday fish now. Theoretically, could order online :). All the best to you and yours Jeremy – Brian.

  3. There are a couple of things I struggle with when it comes to phones.

    1) The almost manic desire by some people to have the next model. What is it about having Model B when you have Model A?.
    2) I have become sick and tired of people walking as they stare at their phone. Head down, pressing buttons, reading emails as they walk, checking their Facebook page as they walk – with the upshot that they often walk into me. And of course – judging by the look on their face, it is my fault that it happened.

    After all, why didn’t I move out of their way? Important people on the move.

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