I thought it would be a lot harder. I recently disconnected my home/ office phone line because I can do everything I need with my cell phone. In fact, it's cheaper and more convenient, and it's made my life a lot easier. I often drag myself kicking and screaming into new technology offers, only to find they radically improve my life.
It took me ten years to join Facebook, and I don't consider myself to be a digital fanatic. However, my pattern of tolerating technology has only prolonged its inevitable use.
The best way to stop tolerating technology is just to become immersed in it.
Looking over the last few years, I have eliminated several products or devices because technology has offered me a better, cheaper solution.
Below are some of the ways most people have immersed in technology, probably without even knowing it:
I no longer carry around a digital camera because I use my cell phone, and it takes much better pictures that are easier to access.
I use fewer cabs, and I rely on Uber.
It's cheaper, and most people's personal vehicles are cleaner than a taxi
I don't go to my local video store anymore because I can download movies on my computer
I no longer go to a music store to buy CD's, I just download the songs I like on Itunes
I don't call a travel agent to book flights, rent cars or book hotels; I do this myself through travel booking websites
If I look at this list, I realize technology has changed a lot of my behaviors and strongly influences my life, to the point where I can't imagine the world without it. It also has an equalizing power. I now have instant access to information that only the select few once had. Technology doesn't play favorites either; recently my seven years old showed me a new way to use my iPhone.
How much technology can you tolerate? Probably a lot more than you think!