Marriage on Opposite Sides of the Technological Divide

I just read a post on Google+ about senior citizens not wanting more new gadgets. It was all about getting a cell phone and getting signed up for Twitter and stuff. It was mildly amusing and grumpy, but not really important enough to explain further. What amused me is the way this curmudgeonly attitude toward technology made me reflect on its role in my life.
This is the comment I posted in response:
“If I ever start talking like this I want somebody to grab the largest tech object still in existence and bash me in the head until I stop twitching. You’ll take my gadgets away from me when you pry them out of my cold dead hands!

My wife on the other hand is a very reluctant tech adopter. She is just now very slowly learning to admit that the MP3 player is superior to the personal CD player. She absolutely hates learning new gadgets. I find the thrill of learning a new gadget to be as addictive as any drug.

I restrain myself from bugging her to upgrade her outdated tech and she tries not to snicker when my bleeding edge device malfunctions and makes me scream. We both still think that our own way is a bit better, but in the end realize that there are benefits to each way of thinking. And…I just realized that this unwittingly became an explanation for how to make a marriage work. Heh.”

Our differing viewpoints on tech and gadgets fascinates me. There are endless options in the world of technology and to some extent they define our personalities. I’d love to hear from you folks about how you and your partners differ. Does it cause strife or bring you closer together? If you’re single does someone’s opinion on technology factor into your decision to pursue a relationship?

About Robert

Robert McKay has been in love with books as long as he can remember, but it wasn't until he got to go to the middle school library that he really found his true passion in science fiction and fantasy. He first found them in the form of Choose Your Own Adventure books, but he didn't stop there. Soon he found fantasy books that were so big that he could hardly carry them. But carry them he did. Not long after, he started creating worlds of his own. His tendencies got him labeled as a weirdo and outcast. He stopped writing and barely read for a very long time. When he finally started reading and writing again, it felt like coming home. Though he tends to write science fiction and fantasy stories, they all tend to have an element of romance, whether he originally intends them to or not. If you want to hear more from him, he can be found on Twitter.

5 thoughts on “Marriage on Opposite Sides of the Technological Divide

    1. Speaking of which, what phone are you rocking now/waiting for to upgrade.

      I really had my hopes set on the Galaxy S II, but it looks like that’s not happening. I’m thinking about the Bionic since it’s out this week, but maybe I should wait for the next Nexus phone. *sigh*

  1. Robert, you pretty much just described Todd and me. I hate new technology, I am still complaining that I had to get a new phone because the phone I had for the last 6? years started to crap out. To be honest I never got around to figuring out how to use all the features on my old phone, now I’m annoyed that I have to figure out when all the things I need like the calendar and calculator are on this new phone. Todd doesn’t buy a lot of new gadgets because he’s is crazy frugal with tons of self restraint, if he can’t justify why he needs it he doesn’t get it. However, his idea of a good time is reading about new gadgets and technology and reading reviews. I appreciate this because he was excited to research phones when I needed a new one so I didn’t have to worry about it, I just told him I wanted a fun color.

  2. And this? Is why I love Faith. SCREW mp3 players. CD players are so much better (even though they do not fit in a purse). ;) I’d still rather buy a physical CD and listen to it in my car stereo or on my laptop than download an album on iTunes. I like tangible things, what can I say?

    But you’re right, there are benefits to both. I like tech, don’t get me wrong — ditch the tech, heeheehee — but I am glad that I don’t spend a lot of money always buying the latest and greatest. I’m cautious and I wait to see if something is really going to benefit me or if it’s just a techie fad.

    Of course, there’s nothing wrong with either way. It’s all just a matter of personal preference. As pointless as they seem to me, there’s a part of me that wishes I had the money for an iPad, just to be able to play with it.

    1. I get the itch to play with iPads and the iPhone every once and a while, but I just don’t like the iOS operating system. I hate that you have to hack the device in order to run 3rd party programs, so I’ll never buy one unless that changes.

      I will be very tempted when the newest version of Android comes to tablets though.

      Oh, and Faith doesn’t hate tech either. She just hates changing from one to the next. When she loves something she just doesn’t want to give it up.

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