Have you noticed how often you get a notice that either a piece of software or an application needs to be “updated” and “downloaded” to be sure that you have the latest and greatest whatever? It seems to me that it’s almost a daily function like brushing your teeth or in some cases, taking a shower. It cleans up the old and now you’re all new and refreshed, or something like that. However, here’s my concern.
Why do things go out of date so quickly? Is there the same kind of conspiracy of a new car model in order to boost sales? Oh yes, there are improvements and sometimes, on rare occasions, increased speed and efficiency. I am not persuaded that faster is always better. In fact, I now believe, and there’s some evidence to support this, that slowing down is healthier and more productive, especially when it comes to mental tasks. I have suspected built in obsolescence since the advent of Apple. My old MacBook G-4 from 2006, worked just fine. So why did I succumb to a new 13″ Mac Book Pro Late 2011? Was it the Intel HD Graphics 3000 384MB? Honestly, that means nothing to me. I’m just glad the damn thing works most of the time, doesn’t get viruses, delivers what I need in terms of communication, files and storage and the rest I leave to the techhies. Yes, it’s a great design and user-friendly.
I am tired of keeping up or trying to stay current with too many things, too many people, too many contacts. It’s simply too much so I am in the process of cutting back, cutting out and cutting down. I may even delete LinkedIn completely and LinkOut. I never did sign up for Facebook so that’s a non-issue. I am not a member of very many online groups except a few professional ones.
If I offend anyone in the process, I will send my apologies ahead of time. I doubt it will be traumatic for any of them but I have concluded I want to spend what time I have remaining in some other activities other than software updates. I find it’s a little like too much traffic that makes me wait while there’s a space for me to enter and continue. I think I’ll just avoid the traffic. Thank you very much.