There are a lot of myths out there that keep people from embracing or even considering making use of contemporary technology. In the following paragraphs we are going to do our best to dispel those myths.
Myth #1: It’s Too Expensive
Twenty years ago computers were astronomically expensive. So were cameras and television sets. This isn’t the case anymore. While pretty much everything else has gotten more expensive, electronics and technology has gotten cheaper. You can find great deals online with sites like TechforLess.com for the things you need the most.
Myth #2: You Need Too Much Stuff
This myth is perpetuated by the tech heads who simply must have the latest new whatever as soon as it comes out. These people amass desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, cameras, mp3 players, etc. Just because there are some tech-philes out there doesn’t mean that you need to become one yourself. Most of your tech needs can be met with a computer and a smart phone because these two devices have everything else (still cameras, video cameras, music players and recorders, etc) built into them.
Myth #3: There is Too Much to Learn
You don’t have to know how to use every function or every app that is out there. Some people enjoy this type of learning but, especially as someone new to contemporary technology; it’s good to start slowly. Start with the area that interests you the most, whether it’s photo, video, sound, making calls, using the internet, etc. Learn one thing and then move on to the next. This way you won’t overwhelm yourself trying to learn too much too quickly. By going slowly you won’t risk confusing yourself or getting overwhelmed.
Myth #4: Everything Changes Too Fast
There is more truth than myth here. Technology moves really quickly these days and it really does feel like something bigger and better comes out the day after you buy something. That doesn’t mean that you have to constantly update or buy new stuff. Technology developers understand the economy and your current model does not necessarily become completely obsolete as soon as a new model is released. For the most part devices are built to be usable for a few years at least—their software may be updated but the machine itself is still usable—and updates are easy to install. Most machines will do the updates automatically.
The truth is that contemporary technology is not something that you super need. As time goes on, though, as things like phone books become obsolete, you are going to need at least a basic internet connection. From there the technology you adopt is up to you. Go slowly and get a feel for the convenience that today’s technology can offer you (gps, online reviews, etc).
You’ll be surprised by how much you enjoy things like apps and games and the ability to price check something in a second store while you’re still standing in the first.
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