It’s crazy how much emotion we attach to technology these days. You could say the fact that we have “personal” computers pretty much sums it up, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is, our computers and smart phones have become such portals into our social lives and financial livelihoods that it’s almost as though they’re connected to us via nerve tissue. I mean, whenever other people touch one of your fancy computing devices, doesn’t it almost feel as though they’re violently touching a piece of your soul? I definitely have this kind of emotional attachment to my computer, and I recently discovered these feelings even extend to my camera.
You see, in an effort to improve the photos on this blog I have decided to upgrade to a new point-and-shoot camera with a bigger lens. I made this choice rationally, figuring that a snazzier camera would not only help me improve this site but that it would also come in handy when chronicling the major life events approaching on the horizon (i.e., moving and getting married). Such a logical and level-headed tech upgrade, right? I’d love to confirm this, but – errr, uhhh, hurrumph – I must honestly admit that I’ve been battling quite the case of upgrader’s remorse…I left my new camera in the box for an entire week after it arrived in the mail, neglected to use it for a whole other week after that, and even shed tears as my old camera and I snapped our final shot today. My old Canon and I saw some splendid, tear-worthy things together, after all – we attended both of my sisters’ college graduations, captured the very first image of my fiancé and I together, and snapped dozens of pictures that helped me start this blog. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I swap out memory cards and pack my digital friend away for her new owner. I hope someone else can live life as fully as I did with my Canon Power Shot in hand, and I hope you enjoy the fruits of my tech upgrade through the future photos on this blog.
Psst: Have you ever felt emotionally attached to an unexpected technological device? Do you feel a sentimental connection with your computer, too, or have you somehow been able to steer clear of this phenomenon? I would love to hear all about it.