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Anyone else feeling alienated by technology?
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I'm about to move halfway across the world, so I bought a bunch of e-books to replace the physical copies I own so I don't have to ship them with me. And e-books are weird: you can tap the chapter links and immediately jump to that chapter; you open them and you can't even tell whether you're on the first page; Amazon's Kindle app will "helpfully" tell you what the book is about, how it's rated, and even the average amount of time it takes to read the book (which, by the way, has zero meaning for a monograph on mathematical physics).

I'm aware e-books - and hence these feelings - have been around for a while, but I'm only now experiencing them myself. I like to think about things like this, so I was somewhat surprised that something as simple and readily available as e-books had escaped my notice in this regard. I'm not saying technology is bad, of course; I'm just saying it does weird things to us. Anyone else experience something similar recently?

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Yeah I'm kind of poor so whenever I get to play with new technology I have the same feelings as you've described.
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yeah robots do it better than me
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My sister basically had a panic attack when buying a laptop. Part from the sales people just using big words for no reason and the other she has no clue what is needed/how it works.
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I like traditional books but there's a limit to what I can physically own. I had that epiphany when a heavily book laden shelf crashed to the ground. I refused to get more shelves because I'd done so in the past. I want to be able to continue to see some clear wall space. Now some books I get are e-books. I've always use the library on occasions. I also think very carefully before getting books and took some to the local charity shops.
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I like the library and old books call me old school
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I do kind of miss the day when hitting a piece of technology that wasn't working right might jiggle something into place and get it working again. Nowadays hitting it just makes it more broken.
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Yeah. Customer service doesn't help you anymore. They just refer you to some remote support system that a non-csr put together, and assume it always works and will answer all your questions.
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Not really? Idk? I just go to the library. I usually take a bunch of them like 12 and renew them twice so I have enough time to read them all lol
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Aliens buy technology...?
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I remember when a phone was for making phone calls. Now they do everything but make phone calls
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I know what you mean for sure. Don't get me wrong, I'm a technology nut, but only by way of hobby.

I can put together a pc part by part, and know what parts are the best after some research. However, I cannot make these parts myself. Its a reliance on technology created by others, and at best, I'm placing the parts in like a 10 piece puzzle. Slot it where it fits...

However, I can see a dresser, or table, and with some time, tools, and dedication, I can make them.

I feel like all this reliance on technology makes people ignorant of how much work goes into things, and I feel too much ignorance is bad for humanity as a whole. It makes people act out with a false sense of superiority, donning the cloak of anonymity. It disassociates people from responsibility. What they say or do has no immediate consequence on their actions.

Getting off topic there, Sorry!

But anyways, that is how I feel about it. Technology derails our sense of responsibility if you let it.
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personally prefer reading from books then a tablet like device if they made a good not to pricy ebook device that looks and feels like a book might enjoy reading from it more then just a fleet screen.
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I feel like people rely on technology too much, but that's just my opinion.
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I'm a nomad.
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