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It turns out I’m not the only one who likes to have a rant every so often. Sitting at my desk at work the other day and the guy next to me suddenly went ‘aargh!’ Bit of an over-reaction but he didn’t like what some website had told him.
Apparently, the website suggested that people enjoy listening to music using their smartphone, but he doesn’t want to; he has an mp3 player and would rather listen to his music on that.
Now, I don’t have an issue with him using his mp3 player to listen to music, but if his phone can do exactly the same job at the same quality, doesn’t it make sense for him to use his phone for that, and not have to bother carrying round his mp3 player?
Perhaps I’m addicted to multi-functional devices. My phone doubles up as my calendar, contact list, wallet, Bible, calculator, radio, camera, mp3 player, news channel, alarm clock, torch, notepad, map and satnav, and wireless router. And that’s not to mention the wealth of time-wasting games and internet websites, audio and video available 24/7/365. What would have needed a small car to transport around 10 years ago fits into my pocket, and surely that’s a good thing in our world where productivity is king?
But there’s also something in me that really likes my colleague’s attitude towards keeping things segregated. Of course it’s useful to permanently be carrying a map, GPS receiver and torch in case I get lost in the middle of Hyde Park in the middle of the night (and that only happened once), but does it at the same time make me so reliant on my phone that (a) I’m losing the ability to think for myself and plan ahead, and (b) if I lose my phone it’s as if the sky’s fallen?
Thought for today: is multi-functionality a good thing or a bad thing?