Question: Can we as a society, keep up with technology?
It’s such an interesting question to because I have never sat down and thought about the possibility that I will have to chase technology. And it’s such an obvious thing to think about now, but of course I’ve been chasing technology. I’ve been chasing it since logging into the internet involved having to sit for five minutes as your computer made that awful dial tone noise (you know the one I’m talking about). Of course I get the new iPhone every time it comes out. Do I need it? No, but I don’t want to feel like I’m not up to date with what’s new and cool. And that’s why we are constantly going to constantly going to be running. And honestly, that’s the only time you’re going to see me run.
So why are we chasing technology? I think it has to do with wanting to seem like we’re “cool” or that we’re somehow successful if we have all the new gadgets. I’ve known people who can’t afford to pay their rent, but they have the newest phone or the newest tablet, laptop, you name it. It’s a perception that we’re putting out there for the world to see this side of us that isn’t true to who we are. I’ve always wondered if having such easy access to celebrities and how they live their lifestyle has affected the things that we want to achieve in life. Can seeing all of the amazing things that they have access to in turn, make us want to have those same things? Maybe even if it’s subconsciously.
Will we ever stop chasing the biggest and newest thing? I don’t think so. I think as long as society and media progresses and new and shiny things come out, we are going to want to chase it. Because we’ve become a society of instant gratification and if we can be the first to get something, then we feel like we’ve made it.