Slave to the Rhythm

I had to go by the Apple store on Friday. No, I did not get, nor did I want, an iPhone 6. But I noticed some really odd things as I walked by the unbelievably long line to buy an iPhone 6 the very very first day. I’m an Apple fan boi for sure, but I’ve never stood in line to buy one of their products.

First off, nobody was smiling. They were about to buy the amazing Widget that would make their lives instantly better, and they looked downright surly. I think maybe they were mad at their own need to have the latest and greatest RIGHT NOW, or maybe they lost their jobs when they told their boss they weren’t coming in today so they could wait in line to buy an iPhone, and the boss was jealous because he couldn’t wait in line with them.

Next, most of them were staring at their phones, and I’m pretty sure most of the phones they were staring at were iPhone 5 or iPhone 4. Seriously… in 6 months, how much will the 2 or 3 new features in the new phone really affect you? News flash: after the first scratch on that beautiful case, it will feel JUST like the old phone. (For the record, this is also a phenomenon that some musicians, mainly guitarists, go through as they buy and sell and trade guitars, sometimes at dizzying speeds.)

You know, these phones have gotten so big nobody even puts them in their pocket or on a holster anymore. They just walk around with the thing in their hands. And they may as well be handcuffed to them, staring at them, constantly…

There’s a chemical in your brain that goes nuts when you buy and experience brand new stuff, I guess (More here).

For me, I’m resisting this as long as I can. Heck I don’t even have ANY smartphone.

Maybe I’ll wait for the iPhone 7 with the screen so big that I need two hands to lift it.

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3 thoughts on “Slave to the Rhythm

  1. Rev. John Hamm says:

    Technology can do so many amazing things for us, we sometimes ask ourselves, “How did we do _____ without one?” “One” being whatever gadget we are singing the praises of at the time. But have we stopped to consider how many skills we have lost due to relying so much on technology. Examples: There was a time when whole books of the Bible were preserved through oral tradition; whole books of the bible memorized by a single person and handed on to the next generation orally. We know this tradition was accurate through examination of written copies compared to today’s translations and preserved copies. What an amazing skill – lost. I’m as guilty as the next guy. I can’t get anywhere without using my GPS. Perhaps we should experiment with retraining our brains by turning off our gadgets every now and then and forcing ourselves to use our atrophying skills. By the way, Peter. I’m with you. My phone is … a phone. Go figure. My music studio, on the other hand …

  2. Julie Holm says:

    It’s about lust for stuff, alas. Apple has that pretty well corralled, don’t they. But sadly, the whole economic system is based on that being true.

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