People keep telling me I need to get a smart phone. It happened the other morning and I found myself tearing up.
I wish technology would just leave me alone. I don’t mind learning something new, even at my age, but I want to become fairly proficient at a thing before something new is added or the thing is upgraded. This happens to me all the time in the technology I already have…formats for e-mail and Facebook change and I don’t know what to click to get to where I used to be able to go. It doesn’t do me any good to search for instructions because I can’t understand them – the language keeps changing.
I am absolutely sure that the day will come when my phone won’t work. The Big-Entity-in-the-Sky will stop the signal reception or transmission needed for my phone to work. My phone will be obsolete. We will all have to change over to the new thing or there will be no communication other than face-to-face. That is scary to me. My children and grandchildren will only communicate through technology. They don’t have time for face-to-face.
I realize, too, that if I wait until the day when I am forced to make a change, there will be so much more to learn than if I make the transition now. Well, folks, whenever I look at my husband’s smart phone, it seems to me there is too much to learn already. I haven’t yet figured out how to make a phone call on his phone. I have the same problem with his computer and even the TV but that is another story…and another source of tears.
Friends tell me, “But look at all the things you can do with a new phone!” That is supposed to get me excited, but it doesn’t. I don’t care if my phone can do all those things. That stuff isn’t attractive to me. Why would someone go to all that work to get something they don’t even want?
Most people would consider me to be a fairly stable person, even one with a fair amount of wisdom, but I have this one weakness… technology is my Achilles heel.
- An Achilles heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.