For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. ~Alice Kahn
To continue the thread of last week’s post, here is another example of my technological ignorance: I was at the cleaners recently and saw their posters about how to download their apps to track your clothes and arrange deliveries, etc. And at the bank, there was another poster that talked about scanning your deposit instead of making an extra trip.
I thought to myself, “dear Lord, when will it all end?” I am so tired of being dragged into technological areas in which I am not comfortable.
Tucker doesn’t like it either, because one of his favorite things to do is go with me on errands like this. The ladies at the cleaners LOVE him, and he performs his happy dance for them when he enters the building. Likewise at the bank drive through, he eagerly awaits the return of the container, because our bank sends dog treats back with deposit slips.
I know I’ll have to get with the program at some point (when they start charging for processing checks instead of digital transactions). But I am not at all happy about it.
At a recent party, Joel and I caught up with an old college friend who is a banker. We discussed the fact that we don’t do online banking and the reason why (concern about personal information being compromised). He frankly agreed and totally supported our reluctance. We’ve already had our credit card account numbers lifted without our cards ever leaving our wallets.
And then, while at a meeting at church with key Student Ministry staff, we discussed the next six weeks worth of communications issues, because “deadlines” are mid month for the next month’s newsletter.
All of a sudden it occurred to me how ancient and behind the times these deadlines are in the face of modern communications. The young staff members said that the only way they communicate with their students is by text. Forget Facebook, e-mail or heaven forbid, the church newsletter.
They’ve got a way to do group texts, which is beyond my capabilities, and which I SAID that I will never read, but then when they told me how to participate, I did. Will wonders never cease?!
All the rest of the media options? They say the parents read the Facebook posts, e-mails, and maybe the church newsletter or Sunday bulletin. As for the church website, that’s for people who aren’t church members who may be church shopping.
So yes, it’s still important to cover all the bases, but I can’t help but feel like I am again being passed by technologically, and my “style” is no longer one that is pertinent. 140 characters? Sad to say, this is the future.
But it’s not just me who feels this way! I know a young lady who is a senior in high school. She recently posted an item on Facebook that made me feel better. It said, “I’ll be one of those technology-skeptic old ladies. I enjoy technology- mainly to enjoy it and have it work. I don’t like all the updates and complications and subscriptions.”
I commented on her post, “That’s me!” And then I felt better knowing there was someone else out there who agrees…
Will there ever be a Luddite backlash? One can only hope.
(note: pewperson will return on March 8)