I was registered on Twitter when it was only a few months old, a huge fan of first MySpace, then Facebook. I had a cell phone before any of my friends, and a smartphone before most of them. I've been blogging since 2002, over 11 years now, and have been running my own website since 2005. I was an early adopter.
I write 'was' because I've noticed that the last year or so, I hear about new apps, and new tech, and I just can't motivate myself to try them. I heard about Vine and Snapchat, and never joined. I can't seem to get into Pinterest. Squarespace just didn't impress me. I could care less if I have a new iPhone or Galaxy or Android, I just want it to work. I'm flat-out horrified by Google Glass and have no interest in trying it. I have, very recenlty, become disinterested in tech.
Technology—the fun-addictive attraction of what's next—has been part of my life for so long, but now the gloss is gone, the pretty sheen has worn off, and whenever a new app or device comes out, all I see is a time suck. A chore.
Nobody is more surprised about this than I am.
And turns out, I'm not the only one. Recently, David Roberts, over at Grist, wrote about how he is taking a solid year off from being online all day, every day. And I get it. I have been slowly backing away from the Internet for some time now, not because I don't love it, not because I have run out of things to write about, but because, as Roberts put it, "It’s doing things to my brain. I think in tweets now. My hands start twitching if I’m away from my phone for more than 30 seconds. I can’t even take a pee now without getting 'bored.'"
My question to myself: Am I just getting old? Is this what happens naturally when you age, you just lose interest in all the fun things that sustained you when you were young? Am I burnt out, like Roberts? Or (and I'm partial to this take), have new tech developments ceased to be very interesting? Is my perception—that everything is just a slightly improved version of everything that already exists—an accurate one?
I like to believe I could still get excited by a new social media platform, a life-changing new app, or a device that takes us somewhere we haven't been—but nothing I've seen in the Coming Soon previews seems to be all that interesting. For now, I'm turing my back on tech. We'll see if this turns into a permanent thing.
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