Rather than frame this post around what myself or others dislike about others' decisions regarding their tech, I wanted to start a conversation on what we wouldn't do personally. For instance, you'll never catch my smartphone wrapped in a big bulky rugged case that doubles its thickness. I waited years to finally have a phone thin enough to slip in my front pocket — no way I'm going to go back to a holster. (*Side Note: Yes, I had a phone holster at one point in my life, and probably about the same time I rocked color-blocked polos. It wasn't pretty.)
Another thing I wouldn't do is don a bluetooth earpiece in public, mainly because I've embarrassed myself too many times around those who wear them — "You talking to me?" I reluctantly purchased a wireless bluetooth ear piece myself last year. Working full-time from home with a lot of teleconferences to dial into, it was practical and necessary. I'm still pretty guarded about it, though, and only put it on when I'm actually on a call — I even take it off temporarily when the UPS guy knocks on the door needing a signature.
I removed all the standard-def duplicates on my television guide so I don't make the mistake my parents do all too often — watch a standard def channel instead of the HD version. I simply have to take advantage of the HD set I bought and those HD channels I'm paying good money for.
I know there a few things I do that people would probably never do themselves. I have a prominent big screen TV that demands attention in our living room, with surround speakers reaching out of the walls. I also rock a set of those thick cushioned headphones, that I'll admit look big and awkward on me. But I really love them, the tunes sound great, outside noise is cancelled, and I sometimes catch myself just putting them on without even listening to music — it's cozy and meditative.
What are some of your tech peeves? What tech decisions would you never make?
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