hpy bday 2 u

September 20, 2011 at 8:54 am 3 comments

I promise you, you don’t really need 152,000 megapixels to take a high-quality digital photo. A movie is way more enjoyable (at least for the people around you) if you turn off your phone. I also suspect that none of us actually needs to be able to view two different DVDs while driving.

I’m not saying technological advancements are bad. Some of them are downright miraculous. But I propose to you that the frenzy over the latest and greatest blurs judgment and we’re all so busy trying to read new manuals and load updates that we don’t actually notice the fix we’re in.

A very tiny case in point. My ISP recently “upgraded” its email interface. Next week my friend (Lee Ann W.) turns a year older, and I needed her contact info to address the envelope of her Birthday card. I conducted the following experiment using a stopwatch.

Scenario 1
1.  Open browser.
2.  Log in to email.
3.  Click on “Address book.”
4.  Click on the W.
5.  Scroll to Lee Ann’s listing.
6.  Click on “View.”
Time:  32 sec.

Scenario 2
1.  Pick up address book.
2.  Flip to W tab.
Time:  4 sec.

The book won’t disappear if I change ISPs. And upkeep and accuracy on either list is going to come out the same. Unscientifically quantifying how many times I need an address, I calculated that I would save 2 hours (minimum) a year doing this task the old-fashioned way.

Not a great deal of time in a big scheme, I admit. But time enough to plant and smell some roses, bake Tollhouse cookies and pour a glass of ice-cold milk, get 100 miles closer to the nearest beach, watch Meet The Robinson’s and spend the additional 25 minutes laughing hysterically at my nephew saying, “I’ve got a big head . . . and little arms,” ride Kennywood’s Thunderbolt 33 times, read a few chapters of Jane Eyre or one paragraph of Moby Dick, do happy hour (twice), or write a post that mentions an old friend while pondering that, when I met her, there were no portable phones, personal computers, portable GPS, CDs, DVDs, DVR, iThises, iThats, Droids, IMs, emails, facebook, websites, or, for that matter, blogs.

Dang. I should have gotten a card that makes fun of her age.

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  • 1. Ruth  |  September 21, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Yes, you should have made fun of her age!

    You make some great points. But, as someone who has become dependent upon her smart phone (or as my husband refers to it, my electronic brain), I am often relieved to have some of those items closer at hand. Then again, I was never very good at putting pen to paper.

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  • 2. boatdrinkbaby  |  September 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Not in any way saying you should get rid of your smart phone. My point is that smart phone good; too many bells and whistles and a new version of every 30 minutes bad. That there’s a tipping point when efficiency becomes inefficiency.

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  • 3. Lee Ann W  |  September 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Amen. Not crazy enough for small dog in a purse, but still an old bat younger than you. :-) Thanks for the card.

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