Technology Fatigue

We live in a time of many strange diseases. Technology fatigue is one of them.

One of my monitors got tired and died. I stepped out of the room for a minute and when I got back one of them was black. Up and died, just like that. When suddenly confronted with the situation, it occurred to me I don’t really need a computer. Do I? It’s not my child or my aging mother or anyone who seriously requires attention. What about me? Do I get to be tired? Do I get to turn black any time I feel like it?

SkypeSort of. I canceled my long distance plan the other day in a fit of rage when I found out they’d tacked on something called ‘administration fees’ which increased my 6 cents/minute cost to $2.95/month + per minute charges. I don’t remember being informed about that although apparently I’ve been paying this charge for the past six months.

Since I hardly ever make a long distance call, with the ‘admin fee’ I could easily be paying $1/minute. I can put a $10 credit on my Skype account and have long distance for the next 3 years. But, then I’d need a computer. We’re locked in, coming or going.

I fiddled around with the monitor buttons for awhile to no avail; still black. I unplugged it and tossed it on my couch. Then I thought what the heck, might as well call LG and tell them about it. If I’d had one lick of attitude from their tech support I would have hung up. But he picked up on my deep sense of weariness and decided not to aggravate it.

The next thing I knew he had walked me through everything I needed to order a replacement monitor and return my old one, shipping paid both ways. Technology is so cheap now they don’t even attempt to fix monitors, they just replace them. All I had to do was get out the box, pack it up, lean it against the wall and wait for Purolator to arrive.

Since it’s been The Week of Technology Fatigue, I thought I’d go the whole nine yards and quit my job at the college. I fixed everything I said I was going to so enough already. I suddenly realized I’m exhausted from carrying the survival of an entire school for the past year and a half.

I’m going back to enjoying my retirement. This might sound as if I have reams of free-time again for genealogy. But, that remains to be seen. Every time I wake up I feel like sleeping 10 more hours so I’m sleeping til I don’t feel tired anymore. When I have any energy at all, I’m visiting all the parks in town.

6 thoughts on “Technology Fatigue

  1. Gini Webb

    I very much enjoyed this post, I too smiled from ear to ear. Sometimes, I feel like turning “black” or just plain tired of trying to keep up! Enjoy sleeping in and whenever you like, you earned it!

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    1. JL Post author

      What are we trying to keep up to? That’s what I’m wondering. It wasn’t so long ago I didn’t even have a telephone. A friend would take calls for me and put a sign up in her window when I had a message so I could see it when I drove past. I ‘checked my messages’ not more than once every 10 days when I was out for groceries.

      If people are in a bigger hurry than that, they can still gallop their pony up to my backdoor and shout.

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  2. Karen Packard Rhodes

    I sympathize. What I picked up on is this ever-pervasive concept of disposability. We are throwing everything away instead of fixing what we have. Are we eventually going to forget how to fix things? That came to be a worn-out device in science fiction in earlier decades (IMHO), but it is becoming frighteningly real.

    Heck, you can’t even find refills for many refillable ballpoint (or gel or whatever) pens; you just throw the whole shebang away and get a new one. No wonder the landfills are overflowing.

    Yeah, we all need to slow down. I like JL’s messaging method!

    Congratulations on the Top 100 selection!

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    1. JL Post author

      I didn’t realize I was so profound; just tired. We get ensnared in all this technology because it’s made so easy for us and increasingly difficult if we don’t.

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