Word for today: Technology.
My wife introduced me to a Macintosh computer way back in 1989 (much to her chagrin). As time as gone on, I’ve moved from Macintosh, iMac (orange was awesome), to MacBook, along with an iPhone and iPad. I’ve watched around me as my TV has gone from a 15″ to the 37″ flat screen I have right now. I glanced as TVs last night and I can get a 48″ “smart” TV for less than $400.
Your thermostat can be connected to your smart phone along with so many other pieces of what makes our lives a little easier. So last night, after our movie, we stopped to do a bit of shopping and get our passport pictures taken. As we were walking around, I saw, in my opinion, what makes technology silly.
A crock pot that connects to your smart phone.
Now, I love being all techie and connected, however, at some point, we’ve become a society connected for the sole purpose of being connected. I guess I’ve become that curmudgeonly man who’s thinking, “what a waste of time” at a lot of things, this included. The whole I idea I can start and stop my crock pot with my phone, to me, seems a bit far fetched.
With our students on Facesnapgrambook, more ways that we can use technology is not always a good thing. A wifi-enabled crock pot, probably not something I’m going to spend $50 on!
Who’d guess it would be me saying “slow down” when it comes to technology?? 🙂
March 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm
I hear you! I hate to spend time figuring out how to hook up all the techy stuff. I have friend that has one of those apps where you can see who’s at the door even when she’s out eating… um… creepy.
March 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Love your thinking about the crock pot, but I’m not even sure what a smart TV can do. I honestly think my phone has its own share of issues and they are not ALL operator error. Devices I have plenty
Mac air personal
iPad min personal . . .
I think that’s enough!
March 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Exactly! And of course, they update, upgrade, and we “have” to get it! Ack! 🙂
March 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm
I think a wifi connected crock pot is more like $200. LOL
March 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm
That’s where we saw it last night! 🙂 We thought it would be much more too, that’s why I was so shocked!
March 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm
I’m surprised at myself too – I have slowed down the technology in my classroom… because I’m not convinced that my kids who Facesnapgrambook all the time need extra screen time at school. (Love that term, by the way! Facesnapgrambook!)
March 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm
I love the idea of a connect pot! Sometimes life is wicked busy and I wish we could speed up the pot so it would be ready when we get home. If dinner is ready then we have slightly more family time.
I do have the Nest which is another connect device. Best part is heating up the house when we are on our way home. No cold house or wickedly hot one in the summer.
March 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
That’s part of our family, getting into the kitchen, getting in the way as my wife is trying to finish up! 🙂 Very rarely have we been late with supper, and in my mind, that’s one more thing I could break! 🙂 I appreciate your thoughts though as I could be a time saver for some families! 🙂
March 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Technology has changed us, for sure. Thanks for a post that made me think. #hooray
March 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm
Is that even legal in some states, thinking on a Sunday? 🙂
March 19, 2017 at 7:05 pm
I think there are those who adopt technology for its own sake and those who resist it on principal. But for most of us, we pick and choose what works in our life and with our comfort level. There are plenty of tech things I ignore completely, and I try to make my choices based on what I need that this tech can help me with instead of “That’s cool! How can I use it?” But I’m not always successful with either of those!