Gadgetry clutter

So the new must-have gadget is the iPhone. It may have been the most hyped new gadget ever, but that doesn’t mean that it put an end to gadget madness. Everyone knows someone that must have the newest and most cutting edge technology out there and they won’t stop until they have it. The problem is technology never stops and there will always be a new gadget on the horizon for them to sink their teeth into.

This BBC article states:

Gadgets are no longer just about functionality, they’re a statement about you; hi-tech jewelry that beckons you to touch, try, buy and stake your place in the Stuff Lust society.

A gadget addict may have a problem if they constantly drool over the next best thing, but most of us can control our consumer frenzy and be happy with our two-year-old cell phones that doesn’t have internet access. When your time becomes cluttered with gadget envy and the continuous pursuit of the end-all of gadgetry, then you may want to think of why you pursue them so aggressively.

11 Comments for “Gadgetry clutter”

  1. posted by Michael Houghton on

    If you have an older phone that has WAP but not HTML access or a new phone with a small screen), Opera Mini might be the solution:

    http://www.operamini.com/

    This is a free download of a tiny browser which offloads much of the page processing to a (free-to-access) server at Opera. It will give even very modest phones some web access, and the beta of version 4 will give relatively recent phones a lot of the iPhone experience. It’s well worth trying out, and it could dramatically extend the life of your gadget.

    (I don’t work for Opera)

  2. posted by lesliet on

    This criticism of the iPhone in a blog on clutter seems misplaced to me. I would understand recommending against buying lots of high-tech junk that you don’t use very much and which just sits around taking up space. But I don’t understand calling an item which I will use productively every day, and which makes it possible for me to travel without lugging my laptop along with me “clutter”. There are so many more deserving items of your scorn.

  3. posted by matt on

    i used to like this blog, but recently, between this post and the one about corrective lenses (I am legally blind, have considered and rejected lasik, but that’s another post) I am considering just unsubscribing. Really, you’re taking this to a ridiculous level.

    As far as the iPhone, saving for one *encouraged* a lot of decluttering for me:
    * I sold my 40gb iPod
    * I sold my point and shoot camera. The iPhone’s camera won’t replace it, but it works 80% of the time for what I need
    * I donated my old cell phone
    — In addition to replacing those gadgets, to help pay for the phone I also:
    * Sold off most of my compact discs, video games, and dvds. And some of my books.
    * Sold an old computer that has just been sitting in my closet.

    Now I suspect your response is going to be “well you shouldn’t have had that stuff in the first place,” but what I suspect you fail to see is that sometimes something like the iPhone can encourage de-cluttering.

  4. posted by PJ Doland on

    Convergent devices can help eliminate clutter if they actually enable you to get rid of other devices. While the iPhone can accomplish this for a number of users (including the previous commenter), others may still find themselves carrying a higher-resolution digital camera or an MP3 player with a larger hard drive. People stuck carrying around just as many devices should probably reexamine what motivates their gadget acquisitions.

  5. posted by Nola Girl on

    Excellent Website, I have just added it to The Alignment

  6. posted by John on

    I have to agree with Matt on this issue. I have not been a long-time rearer of this blog, however in my short tenure as a subscriber, all articles seem to have shifted towards a similar vein:

    “X (X being, gadgets, glasses, hair, food, books, newspapers, etc.) is/are clutter”
    Then each article seems to state rather matter-of-fact things about what life would be like without X, and then finishing pseudo-philosophical quip about why this can lead to a more stress-free life.

    I don’t mean to insult the editors, however, I would like to see some posts coming from a different angle than the ‘doing without X is better’ perspective.

    For example, the post about the little box full of phone, computer, and camera chargers that left a rats nest of black cables looking downright tidy was great! Posts like this are creative (and the creativity doesn’t have to come from the authors if it’s found elsewhere and syndicated) as long as it’s fresh and interesting.

    Just a thought though, anyone else feel similarly?

  7. posted by Adam Snider on

    I agree with John’s suggestion. I still enjoy reading this blog, but a bit of variety in the style of posts would be nice.

  8. posted by missdona on

    What about something to get rid of your gadget clutter?

    My husband has years-old, long replaced, cell phones and MP3 players.

  9. posted by Steven on

    I’m actually quite proud of my ability to resist buying the iPhone this time around. From now on when buying a gadget, I’ve decided to figure out if having it will significantly improve my life or effectively replace things I’m already using.

    Because the iPhone has really slow Internet (EDGE) it can’t be a replacement for my Samsung Blackjack, and it doesn’t have enough storage to replace my iPod, so no matter how sexy it is, it’s just not practical.

  10. posted by Geoffrey on

    The iPhone is replacing my Treo 680, 30GB iPod, and Canon ELPH 2MP camera (I have a DSLR for my real photography). It reduces cable clutter by using the same iPod cables (no more Treo cables).

    Time-wise, it allows me to read blogs and news when I get a spare moment here and there, which ultimately reduces the temptation to check in on these things when I’m working.

    My Treo frequently crashed, especially at inconvenient times, such as when trying to answer a call. That is ultimately frustrating and negative energy.

    I’m also enjoying my music on-the-go more. I often wouldn’t bring the iPod with me, as I only have enough room to carry my cell, wallet, and keys.

  11. posted by Keith on

    Don’t you know? Criticism of a new Apple product is NOT PERMITTED on the web!

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