Don’t get me wrong, I like technology just as much as the next guy, but when the desktop PC at my house broke down, I felt relieved.
I work 9 hours a day, the majority of that time I spend looking into a laptop screen. When I do have human interaction I am oddly persuaded to end it as quickly as possible, thanks to all the dings and whistles my laptop makes to let me know I have a new email or message on the company messenger.
When I’d get home, I’d waste my time trying to decide what I should do with the less than 5 hours of free time I had. Should I watch a couple of episodes from a TV show, or watch a movie, or play a game which I bought on sale but never got around to starting.
I would spend quite a lot of time deciding what to do, and in the end, I would always end up going to Facebook, and spend my time seeing what others were really ‘doing,’ then feel a little depressed that I spent my time doing nothing but observing, and not the good type of outdoor observing, and finally retire for the night.
And then my PC broke down
At first, I had a brief moment of panic. How will I watch that show/movie/play that game? How will I get my updates on the favorite sites? While calling the PC repair shop, and finding the line busy for 2 times in a row, an epiphany occurred: for the first time, in what seemed like forever, I was doing something. I was trying to fix my PC. Not staring into the screen trying to decide what to watch, and then giving up and going to Facebook.
My endless cycle of pointless repetition had been broken.
Free at last, I was not quite sure what to do with my time, so I went to the living room, and spoke with my family members, and found that it is still just as enjoyable an experience as it was growing up.
What was the problem?
It seems to me that we are trapped in workstations, and home computers have just become another extension of that station, it’s hard to get away from that demanding place which so easily distracts you from the rest of the world.
You can pull yourself away, but it knows you’ll always come back.
Compared to tablets and smartphones, which travel along with you, a PC is so much more time and energy consuming. Unless you have an assigned and planned work you need to finish, sitting in front of a PC will consume your time; and with the seemingly infinite variety of things we can do on a PC now, it’s no wonder why most of us can’t seem to decide what to do. When you have too many choices, you can’t choose.
So, it’s no wonder that PCs are on their way out.