TRAVEL HERE: RESISTANCE TO CHANGE
OK, I admit it. When it comes to technology, I’m resistant to change. My husband would tell you I am inflexible – period – but I tend to be more generous with myself. I actually love new things and changes of scenery, but I want you to leave my technology alone. Usually, the “improvements” and updates to my technology just deliver more woes than solutions. You know what I’m talking about and you know I’m right!
I Can’t See This!
Vision has been one of my problems since 4th grade. Before school began I was 20/20. Before the school year was over, I’d been sent home with a note. This child cannot see! Get her some glasses. My life has never been the same!
My first glasses were the ugliest pair of cat-eye frames you’ve ever seen and my parents made me wear them until I was 16! Finally, I got contacts. They made it easier for me to see, but what a hassle. If I thought that was bad, Mother Nature had another surprise for me as I aged. My eyes got too dry to tolerate contacts, so I had to go back to glasses. My pink cat-eye wire frames were a lot cuter than my original glasses, but I began a series of losing and breaking glasses that keeps me in hot water until today. Lasix gave me a brief respite from glasses, but while my long range vision is still decent, I soon required glasses for reading.
When I gave up my flip-phone, the vision problem came into play. I could read my flip phone fine without my glasses, which vanity demanded I go without as often as possible. That darned smart phone keypad was my Waterloo. To answer my flip phone, all I had to do was open it. The smart phone wasn’t that smart. I had to squint my eyes and find the right icon to answer. In fact, I had to squint my eyes for everything. While the rest of the world was loving all the smart things a smartphone could do, I mainly used it as a phone. I couldn’t see anything else.
Besides, the picture quality, while better wasn’t all that great. What’s more, it had that viewfinder screen and I’m still partial to the other kind. I was in limbo. I wasn’t in love with my smartphone – primarily because I couldn’t see.
My Fingers Won’t Do This!
I had another challenge when it came to smartphones. I not only had a hard time seeing it, my fingers were too fat for it. I abhorred texting with the darned thing, because typing was an exercise in frustration. My fingers just could not hit the right letter.
To boot, I have arthritis in my thumbs. All those Millennials who look so cute speed typing with their thumbs? I’d like to see them thumb-type with mine. They’d have a Go-Fund-Me page for the cure of arthritis in a New York minute.
Nothing Smart About a Smartphone To Me!
So big whoopee! I had a smartphone, but all I used it for was calls and the only people I wanted to call were those for whom who I had programmed a speed dial button. I didn’t use it to text. I couldn’t see it well enough to figure out the other features and I sure as heck wasn’t going to use it for photos. The pictures still weren’t all that good and I still hated the viewfinder display. (Perhaps because I couldn’t see it?)
My first brush with smartphones did not loosen my grip on my DSLR camera one bit and you’re not going to find any pictures from it in my scrapbooks. All that was about to change. I just didn’t realize it yet. Come back next week and see what turned me into a smartphone addict.