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I have to admit I am not super quick to accept new technology. I have even (jokingly, I hope) been called a 'luddite'. However, I make greater use of modern technology than some. I just don't automatically want the latest in technology with all the bells and whistles. I do take my time learning how things work. Once I have finally grasped how my current mobile, computer operating system or an application works I am reluctant to move on to the latest upgrade.
I felt I didn't need a mobile when they first came on the market. The only reason I got one was so I could be contacted when our landline was in use with dial up internet. Remember those days?
I will digress to mention when the Internet (the Information Super Highway) was a new thing I didn't expect to ever
make use of it. What a joke. I now use it on a daily basis, especially in connection with writing.
Back to my personal relationship with my mobile. For years I said I only wanted to use my mobile for text messages and phone calls. I couldn't see the point in all the other features and grumbled about 'all that useless rubbish'.
However, I did see the advantage in being able to see the time on my phone, especially as it tended to be more accurate than my watch. Talking of the time, I also use the alarm on my mobile to wake me and as a reminder.
Bit by bit my attitude to my mobile has changed.
I love taking photographs. I usually have a camera in my bag but sometimes I forget it. There are other times when I want to travel light and only take the real essentials with me.
The camera on my mobile is a great back up. It can also be fun to send a pic to a friend when I see a message on a chalkboard I know she will appreciate. In times gone by when one had to get a photo printed to share with a friend, one was very selective about what one took a photo of. Times change and so does our way of looking at the world.
Why would one want internet access on a phone? I used the internet at home and was happy to wait until I was there to check my emails.
Then one day I left home early and didn't know when to expect my groceries to be delivered. I had booked the 2pm to 10pm time slot as the delivery fee is only $4 then. The email notifying me of the expected delivery time to the nearest hour hadn't arrived. It was useful to check my emails on my mobile
later in the morning so I knew what time I needed to be home.
There are so many other times it is useful to have internet access when I am away from home. I can find out about train and bus timetables without carrying a paper one with me and the information will be current. I can access information whenever I need to.
Recently I realised I can use my mobile to make quick notes when I don't have a notebook on me. I can also use the voice recorder for this purpose but I don't tend to because I feel self conscious if there are others around.
Some people have been using these functions for years but I have only caught on recently. I expect I will continue to make greater use of a notebook but it sure beats writing on a serviette when I don't have paper.
As time goes on I expect I will make use of an increasing number of my mobile's functions. However, further apps will probably become available so I will have to resign myself to always being quite a few steps behind the tech savvy. However, it doesn't matter
because when I see a feature would suit my current needs, then I will learn how it works. (But it might take me a few days to figure it out.)
# Mobile Phone