Analogue girl in a digital world

So what if I don’t want to get with the times? These gadgets: laptop,ipad, blackberries, iphone, GPS, Kindle are driving me bunkers. Why am I feeling embarrassed to take out my own phone in public? No really, a few short years ago okay 7, everyone had a flip phone. It was hip. Now when you see anything that’s not a “smart phone” or “android” whatever that means, it’s like thinking about the 80s. How are these phones detestable when they haven’t even existed a full decade? Have they? It’s like poor Bob said, in Shawshank Redemption after he saw hundreds of vehicles, “the world went ahead and got itself in a hurry”. Technology isn’t slowing down for anyone, how am I supposed to keep up?

I like simple, and I don’t exactly like where we’re heading with technology. Yes, I like the idea of the automobile and I like the idea of Airplanes, Phones, Microwaves, Dishwashers and all the newest inventions since the last 50 decades. For goodness sake, I can still remember my mother washing our clothes by hand. And I recall having to go to the school library to do my assignments on the computer; in fact I can still remember using the type-writer when I was a teenager.  So really, it hasn’t been long since “the world went ahead and got itself in a hurry”.  Now, my little sister has her very own computer and she’s not even a teenager yet. She has her ipod touch where she plays games, listens to music and can browse the internet if she chooses. She recently got a Kindle for her last birthday which means she doesn’t have to look at actual novels but can easily order one of her choice from the Kindle. I’m noticing that almost every child has a cell phone once they start school, which is to let parents know where their kids are at all times. Really? So what did other parents do before cell phones?

As I stand in the mall, contemplating whether I should replace my old flip phone for the new “androids” as they call them, I feel that I am a traitor. No I’m not totally against technology but I never want to fully welcome it with arms stretched open. I just have this fear that soon and very soon, I’ll have to share my world with robots and then, I will have a real meltdown. I have always known how Will Smith’s character must have felt in I, Robot. Why should he trust robots? That’s the fear I have about technology progressing, and the truth is, there is not a damn thing I can do about it.

My phone will soon fall apart, I know it will. Phones don’t even last more than 2 years anyway. So eventually I’m going to have to accept my hardware upgrade, and yes, I’m going to find myself with one of those android phones from Bell, but it won’t be a blackberry. I’m never going to bbm anybody, so stop asking me if I have one. This is someone who is only now feeling comfortable with skype. And as for facebook, I am happy to say I have had an account for over eight years, but this year, I had had enough! I deactivated my account because I’m tired of the new “improvements”. I never liked social networks anyway. I can’t separate myself from technology but I can decide how slowly I adapt. I’m not in a rush am I?

Faced with this simple decision, flip phone or new android phone. I’ll just have to wait a little longer until it breaks. As they say, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at

3 thoughts on “Analogue girl in a digital world”

  1. Reading this ten year later and it’s relevant today! Technology serves our purpose and when it doesn’t we should not be the ones being served up.


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