Well, the long awaited and much ballyhooed iPhone is here. I’m sure it’s fantastic, but I’m not going to stand, let alone sleep in line to get one quite yet. Despite the fact I earn my paychecks by thinking, eating, breathing and using technology, I am not an early adopter. I’m usually still figuring out the features of my last techtoy when the new one hits the shelf.
And that is not new for me. In sixth grade, lots of kids were starting to walk down the halls holding transistor radios to their ears. Not me. When everyone else had a “stereo,” I was still listening to “HiFi.” For years, I watched the NBC Peacock in grayscale. I think our house was the last on the block to transition from VHS to DVD. And when I finally upgraded from little Sony earbuds to Bose headphones, I promptly left them behind in the airplane’s seatback pocket. Now someone else is enjoying QuiteComfort®, my treat.
And so the story goes. Was I deprived? I don’t think so. Don’t remember feeling so. Maybe that’s why today, I don’t feel the urge to buy the latest technology just because it’s there and I can. I’m content to wait and see if the new gadget lives up to its hype. And the iPhone has a lot of hype to live up to.