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Wednesday, March 07, 2012



I'm a gadget girl and I like my devices. But I LOVE other things- mainly my people.
And I agree with you about texting- and even talking on the cell phone in public. Really- what is so important??

Bridget S

I hope you are not driving right now while reading this. I went kicking and screaming into the Mac world because I had to for school and work. Now, I would NEVER go back to a PC. I wished a sudden death on our PC so we could finally just be a Mac family. When the time came, the old girl wasn't even cooled off before I dumped her and sold the keyboard, mouse and monitor in a yard sale. Apple is the only brand devotion I completely understand.


Ooh, I like this post! I have some family members who are ipeople, too. I prefer pc by far, but I have owned a mac computer and learned to use it and it was fine. Their raving over istuff hasn't reached absurdity, but it's strong enough for me to think "whatever."

As for devices . . . considering I was just about to buy a kindle, I have to make sure I'm being honest in my remarks.

Dh wanted me to buy a kindle fire because of all the entertainment value of it. I wanted a kindle touch. I don't want another media TOY in my life. I just want an easier way to read books, since I'm too lazy to go to the library and too cheap and into decluttering to buy books that I'll only read once (that is a recent development--I've loved buying books in the past). Since I found a free kindle pc app, I have opted to not spending money on another device, until I'm convinced I would use it to read at other times besides morning and evening, when I do my reading just as easily on my laptop.

As for devices in general, I have gone through my addicted phases, and still am addicted to checking my email. I had an addicted to my pda phase, addicted to blogging and fb phase, addicted to games phase, and probably a few others.

Right now, I want my laptop b/c sharing was an issue in our house. I am frequently re-evaluating how much time I spend on it.
I also have a go-phone that I rarely use, and that's it for devices. And I need it to be that way, because of my addictive tendencies. My emotional & spiritual well-being, my toddler, marriage and home all need me to be connected to THEM, rather than to a device. The recent increase of computer time b/c of surgery recovery, and subsequent problems that have arisen b/c of it, has strengthened my position on that matter.

As I've had my laptop on my lap for a fair amount lately, I've started wondering about the physical effects, too, but I don't know enough about it to say anything except I'm pretty sure it's not healthy.

Long response . . . wow! I like your closing remarks about where our passions should lie. Amen!


I'm kind of anti-all devices right now. I have an iPod that I appreciate in the car, especially when I am out of range of my regular radio stations (yes, I usually listen to the radio). But other than that? Meh. I don't really care.



Ooh, I was just thinking I didn't sound too preachy. Really, if I could find a balance, I might allow another device. I just get addicted and out of balance too easily.

Jill B

I enjoy reading your blog for many reasons. I appreciate how well written it is and its content. I mention this only to point out the illiteracy that seems rampant due to all the special languages that are needed for all of these devices. Yes, you hit the mark for me in todays comments.
Now I do appreciate progress with common sense. Thanks for todays post.


a big amen!

Janet White


I love my dumb phone...even if I forget to bring it with me.


I enjoy your 'rant' posts, Amy - so passionate and so literate (a rare combination).
In NZ it is now illegal to use a mobile device while driving - there's an instant fine of several hundred dollars which should be an effective deterrent (if the stupidity of doing so wasn't enough...).
However the latest police stats reveal thousands of people caught texting or talking on their mobiles while driving.

Kary in Colorado

I'm afraid I too am one who understands the iFan. I used a pc for years until my husband got me a Mac 3 years ago. I would not go back to a pc for anything in the world. I would not use a computer rather than use a pc again. Crazy? Only if all you have ever used is a pc. Now I have an iPhone and an iPad as well--they work intuitively and they are BEAUTIFUL. Warms the cockles of this graphic designer's heart!

But I would never, ever text or read a text while driving!

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