So are you a tech fiend, loving all new advances and getting your hands on new technology as soon as possible? Or do you shun new technology and like to keep with old things/what you already have and know? Or do you fall somewhere in the middle?
Me, I will freely admit to being a Luddite. I don't dislike technological advances, I think they're very good and helpful, to a point. Sometimes I find them silly and pointless, sometimes I think they're a detriment. I don't think society works well when technology advances too fast. And I personally was raised by grandparents born in the 1930s, so I have a lot of old-fashioned ideas about how one should live and use technology (basically a 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' mentality.) I do like looking at new tech and learning about it, but I honestly am very resistant to getting the new shiny things for myself.
I don't need a phone that gets on the internet and plays games, music, movies and can scan things to tell me how much it costs. There's no need for me to be on the internet everywhere I go, I'd rather read a book if I have to be in a waiting office or something, I have a perfectly functioning mp3 player, watch, and if I need to know how much something costs, I'll find a salesperson and ask them. With my mouth.
I have my tendencies.
I shunned the DSi XL, and I can't stand touch screen ANYTHING (iPods, computers, phones, etc). I hate tiny laptops/phones/iPods/etc (yet, ironically, I'm on a tiny li'l netbook).
But, there are some things I love, even if for stupid reasons. My XBox and Wii have all my good games, but I still miss my N64 and my SP (And I LOVE my Gamecube). I like my big computers, but I loved my old laptop. And I want the 3DS so I can play my favorite N64 games, and I want a new netbook because I've had this one for years, and I feel the need for an upgrade. (I also desperately want a new Nook, the small one. Only for accessibility/mobility.)
I think, generally speaking, those opposed to technology are opposed to the visible, conspicuous technology that we interact with on an everyday basis. Disliking the newest gizmo that does everything and removes you just a little bit further from human interaction than the last gizmo is natural. We see people absorbed in these devices and it's natural to be resentful of that.
At the same time, the technology or uses of technology we don't see or recognize so much is where progress really shines. We've come so, so far in even just twenty years. Many of our advances have a much greater importance than their initial superficiality. With my phone, I can always ask for help or be asked for help. With Twitter, we learn about disasters in real time and can prepare for them.
Beyond that, we've advanced medically, saving people who'd have died earlier. Our cars go faster and farther on less fuel. We can grow more food and transport it to those who need it. I mean, Christ, we've landed a rover on Mars and poked around.
I'm exactly where you are, Rem.
Plus, I'm not sure it's a good idea to rely on technology so much. If something happens and you can no longer have such luxeries, how are you going to navigate? How are you going socialize? How are you going to keep yourself from being bored silly?
Besides all that... I'm not a huge fan of the working conditions of many technological products, nor am I a fan of the effects on health (the more extreme effects being seen in factory employees and those who live among factories) and the environment. For example, cell towers are said to interfere with bees, and that it could be one of the possible causes of why they are getting lost and dying in droves. My love for bees aside, we kinda need them. Would be nice if we could test the theory further to see if cell towers are indeed a cause, but seeing as many people "can't live without their cell phone", I'm not sure we can. :c
I think the only category I fall into is 'cheap' and 'opportunistic'. If something low-tech suits my purposes, then I will keep using it until it does not. OTOH, my field of study is natural language processing, and sorting and analyzing text is a lot easier on a fast, up-to-date machine. I am interested in technology that can scan written notes onto computers. I just wish they had something hand-held.
I don't shun the new stuff...it's pretty to look at and I steal it from my friends to play with sometimes.. But I don't want it. I don't understand the hype every year or two when a new version of the same thing comes out. (Within reason..like the people who are all "OMGMUSTHAVEITNOW" and line up for 24 hours to get something) @_@
I have a Rumor 2 as a phone and I'm still using second gen iPod nano. xD
I dislike touch screen stuff. I'm pretty sure I'd break it...
I love technology when it actually improves or makes more fun some of the things we do every day or have always wanted to do and couldn't. It's when they force you to upgrade every year because they've tweaked something and you have to spend a couple hundred more dollars, or they take away features you liked and give you new features you hate and won't use...that's when new tech leaves me with a bad taste.
I don't dislike technology, much like yourself, but I'm not chasing it. I'd love an Ipod, but I don't even use my CD player. One more waste of money. I do avoid new computer brands however. I get the newer computers and such after all the kinks have been worked out, but I used an old 'rubber ball' mouse for ages before it died on me.