Why not take advantage of what technology has to offer ? I don't get the resistance when we accept all the other changes such as heat , running water, electricity and so on!
I for one live on the forward edge over paying and staying current. I LOVE IT!
Because while other people have their fancy gizmos and gadgets and new iPhones every year and 700 cable channels, I have over 50% of my house paid off after just five years (we're only 35) and no other debt.
So it's all about what's important to you. I catch up to technology every 10 years it seems, and then use what I have until it's no longer usable. My MacBook Air is now almost 6 years old, I'm still running an iPhone 5 (which was my first smart phone), my 42" plasma tv is from 2007 or 08, and the Sony surround system I use is even older than that, and I still run an Xbox 360!
But why replace this stuff? It all still works pretty well!
Sure, I wouldn't mind having more space on my phone, or a tv with higher resolution or a computer that runs a little faster, but we've become such a disposable society that's constantly unsatisfied with what we have, I for one am just grateful for everything I have while so many people in the world have nothing. I have 3 sisters from Haiti and two sisters from India and I know what they came from. They're a constant reminder to me that I have it great.
And I'll tell you the other side of it too. Sometimes the technology upgrades aren't what I want! Like those tvs that came out that were super high def and it made the picture look like a soap opera? You guys know what I'm talking about? I can't watch those things? It ruins everything for me, makes battle scenes look less big and bad and everything looks less dramatic. It completely removes the cinematography the movie makers employed for effect. And then I'm constantly being asked to update my phone software which inevitably always make it seem to run worse, use more battery, have less storage space, etc.
At my company we spend over a million dollars every day on scientific R&D, that's where I stay current on the latest and greatest technology. One of the machines I use is about the size of a lunchbox and it cost $90k. It's just not my money
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