So I was on the train the other day and happened to noticed what has become the acceptable fad nowadays. At least half the people in the car had their nose buried in some kind of tech device. A few months ago a TV personality Chris Hardwick made a comment about this saying "the nerds have won!" I agree with this somewhat, but to what extent did we actually win?
Whenever I see someone toying around with their smartphones and/or blackberries (that sounds dirty) and/or tablets (i.e.: ipads), I can't help but think that 10 short years ago, showing just a remote interest in these kinds of gadgets would have been considered nerdy by most people. Think about how many people had internet access in their homes during that period, back in 2000, and think about how many people are on facebook today. But what really has me raising an eyebrow to all of this is how so long ago I would have been made fun of for being into all this techie stuff, and now I'm almost made fun of for not giving a shit about it.
Fast forward to 2012 where close to half of the country owns a smartphone (close to 40% if not more) and things like tablet PC’s and kindles are on a steady rise to popularity. It’s both interesting and scary to be witness to this new “technological” generation being formed now and because of my lack of interest in new tech I’m starting to feel like an old man at 30. I was recently given an ipad and don’t understand what the big deal is. I have yet to jump on the smartphone craze but am guessing I’ll get one in the future. That’ll be the true test to see if I want in to this new tech nation.
As it stands now it’s me vs. the tech nation, and while I’ve never had a problem with being on the outside of a socially accepted fad (I actually like it), it just boggles my mind how big of a role gadgetry has in the norm today. In only a few short years I’ve gone from being a techie nazi to watching everyone else become one. I can only wonder where we will all in 5 of those same years.
by Andre Harry