Anyone else slow to adopt new technology—and then, once you finally do, wonder why on earth you’d waited so long?
Last summer, my husband talked me into swapping out my ancient Sony microcassette recorder for a brand spanking new digital voice recorder. I’d been using that dented tape recorder for at least ten years. It had gone with me everywhere. I’d toted it with me to interview doctors in Memphis hospitals, to meetings with delegates in the Maryland State House, to record sessions with high school students in Palm Desert. I loved that little gadget. And I was skeptical about using a digital voice recorder because I worried I’d have a hard time skipping through an interview and finding quotes that I needed, a task that I felt was relatively easy with a microcassette (just take note of the counter).
So one day, early last June, David and I were in Best Buy, and he showed me a pretty little red MP3 player that could record some insane amount of stuff. I took it home, read the instructions and debuted it during an interview a few days later. I was astounded by how much better the sound quality was, and I was delighted how easy it was to download the file to my computer and then click around on the file to find what I needed. It was so much easier to use than I had thought it would be. A year later, I still love it.
Now I’m anxious to acquire another new electronic gadget. I’m wishing I had a Blackberry, or an iPhone, or a mini-computer of some sort. I have a good cell phone, but I can’t browse the Internet from it. And there are lots of times when I’m away from home and I wish I could check my email. Or look up some information. Or both. (This is also the time when I admit that I see everyone else using them, and I’m sort of envious.)
I think another new gadget may be in my future. I’ll let my husband know so he can start cruising the aisles at Best Buy again, or visiting his favorite tech websites to read reviews. As much as I enjoy doing research about many things, I’m just not very enthusiastic about doing research on electronic stuff…I just enjoy using the electronic gadgets once I get them.