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Does Your Phone Do All Your Thinking?
Aug 13, 2012 | News Archive
Does Your Phone Do All Your Thinking?

Iphone 5 is expected to be more programmed towards lifestyle.

Apple seems to do this every year: An iPhone is released. You buy it and six months later you are watching a commercial for the newest model. With each new release they fix their mistakes and tweak things here and there, but nothing has really changed aesthetically.  However, the iPhone just gets better and better with time; and the iOS6 is sure to be no exception. The technology that we use every day is becoming more like its user with every new edition. The most recent version promises to keep you posted on birthdays via Facebook, send a “Can’t talk. Call later” text to a phone call you may want to ignore, and  if you can't find your phone for you when you swear you left it on the kitchen table, there's a feature for that too! Are we making our lives easier or is it all just too much?  Personally, I think they might have finally gone over board.

With every innovation, technology companies are aiming to make our lives easier. Technology to Apple is becoming synonymous with easy living. Which isn't such a bad thing. Yet, sometimes it seems that all engineers and these companies" are doing is taking pieces of the conceptualized consumer personalities and creating products that fill some a void. Like, losing your phone every five seconds, no sweat Apple's feature is there to save the day! Day time talk show host Ellen Degeneres has a joke in which she talks about the fact that we rely on our phones to remember so much for us that we don’t remember anything on our own. A person who’s forgetful suddenly has the best memory because of the benefit of a smart phone. Sure, that makes life easier and helps eliminate the  “forgetful friend” personality trait, but that piece of their personality goes away. It’s as if all of these apps and assets are tweaking our personalities until, unfortunately, we become our phones and they become us. Don’t remember  your cousin’s birthday, your phone does. You didn’t think to call your best friend back, your phone reminded you. Suddenly the sincerity is gone and with it, the little quirks and idiosyncrasies that make us individuals.

In the end I think that technology is slowly stealing our identities. In attempting to simplify our lives, it’s taking over and changing the way that we function. The changes may be for the better, but in the long run a little bit of change can go a long way.

But, I am SURE my tech rant will not decrease the number of people camping out in front of Apple stores to pick of the latest edition. Check out a vid for what's on the horizon.  

 

Posted By: Candace Brown

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