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Tech – obsession or relationship?

Tech – obsession or relationship?

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I’m into a lot of things, when it comes to tech. Computer based, I’m PC and through choice – it’s not that I don’t *like* Apple, and it’s not the expense, but that most everyone I support, tech wise, is on a PC. It makes sense that I stay on the PC too.
But when it comes to my phone, my tablet? Apple all the way! I’m an iPhone nut, having briefly toyed with the Android (G1), messed with the Blackberry,worked with one or two of the other leading contenders.  I can’t see myself with anything else to be honest.

And I’ve got an iPad too – in part because it’s one of those things that I’ve wanted since it was announced, but also because it works for me.
But I can’t help but wonder where all this tech leaves us – which I guess I have to explore in more than one post – right now I wanted to touch on something I read in the ‘does bad grammar’ post linked at the bottom of this post.

The idea that we refer to our tech as animate instead of inanimate objects (basically, dropping the ‘the’) or considering our tech as persons rather than things isn’t a new idea.  I view my laptop, my desktop, my phone and my tablet as an extension of me – more importantly, I view them as having ‘personalities’, lives and ‘jobs’ of their own.  It’s not as if I’m arguing sentience for them – I’m not – I know they are tools – but they are tools with emotional investment.  I ‘treasure’ my tech in ways I probably shouldn’t.

I have learned in the last few years to separate myself from my tech – for various reasons I could spend days immersed in tech and felt antsy when I wasn’t online because we were on holiday, because I was in hospital – because I was unable to ‘connect’ for whatever reason – my disconnection from ‘my world’ has ironically faded despite my ‘world’ being more portable.  Now, it’s not quite like that, but like every relationship that has shifted, I’ve grown to love my tech.  It’s kinda like the difference between loving and being ‘in love’.  There’s that depth of relationship with my tech – with the tech I guess – it’s more than being connected to the world, though that facet of it makes the relationship more beguiling, but I know, like everything else, I need some space from it – and the rest of my tech sometimes.

What do you think?  Do you consider your tech as inanimate, or do you have an ‘odd’ relationship with what is, effectively, plastic, metal and a touch of electricity?
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