It Will Never Work
I had to get a new phone this week. It was the second time in two months, and the whole exercise filled me with dread. I had that panicky feeling all day; the kind you get when you need to initiate a difficult conversation or when you’re waiting for news.
When my phone died a few months ago and I had to get a new one, Josh and I planned that I would give him the new phone when his phone died, and I would get the new-new phone. I use the camera a lot for work, so it made sense that I should have the device with the better camera. Plus the kids use my phone, so… three against one?
Anyway, we thought this was a brilliant plan until we had to put it into practice. To do this, I needed to back up my phone, wipe my phone, give Josh my phone so he could take it to the store and purchase the new phone, set up the phones with the correct phone number, re-sync the phone with the backup.
There was so much room for error.
It’s interesting how my gut instinct was that this was not going to work. I was going to run into a lot of frustration. Either the backup would be corrupt or something would be wrong with the new phone. In any case, exchanging phones was a fool’s errand that would suck hours out of my week and leave me phone-less for days.
Whereas the kids were excited. New phone? That meant new features and new things to figure out. They were puzzled why I was so worried about this. Just plug in the phone and technology will take care of everything.
I assume technology will always fail and am amazed when it works.
They assume technology will always work and are confused when it fails.
I don’t like change. I am not a good person for a yearly phone upgrade program. My stomach was in knots while I attempted to load everything on the phone. It mostly worked. It took a really long time, and it got stuck in a continual loop at the end. But it’s fine. I think.
Do you assume technology will always work or do you assume technology will always fail?