Friends, I think I’m getting old.
Not old in terms of years, but old in terms of attitude.
Yesterday, while watching a TV commercial featuring two scantily-clad teenage girls, I actually said the words, “I just don’t get kids these days.” And this expression came from me, a long-time high school teacher, who always felt like one of her strengths was understanding “kids these days”!?
But the area where I feel most out-of-sync and out-of-step is technology.
Sure, I e-mail. I blog. I even Tweet from time to time (but, even after almost a year of doing so, I still feel like I haven’t quite figured it out; I suspect my seven followers would agree).
But, other than that, I am completely un-savvy in the realm of social media. I don’t have a Smartphone, an iPad, or a Kindle. My cell phone is the barest bones model that came free when we signed up for our plan years ago. I think I’m one of three people in my demographic not on Facebook. GPS? Forget it. Still a Mapquest girl.
And it’s not as though I oppose technology in general. I acknowledge the ways in which these devices and services enhance many people’s lives.
It’s just that I don’t think they’d enhance mine. A Kindle? I can’t imagine giving up the physical sensations of reading: the feel of the pages, the smell of an old book. Facebook? As much as I know I’d enjoy seeing pictures of my brother’s recent road trip, I don’t feel compelled to reconnect with the people I’ve lost touch with. A Smartphone? I can barely keep myself from checking my e-mail ten times a day as it is.
For every device, I have an excuse at the ready.
But I wonder if, hidden behind all of those reasonable-ish justifications, there’s some part of me that is getting more conservative, more afraid of change, less ready to adapt to progress.
What do you think: am I secretly a Luddite?
How about you: Are you an early adopter, a late adopter, or a non-adopter when it comes to new technology?