“This iPhone hasn’t been backed up in 13 weeks. Backups happen when this iPhone is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi.” It’s a message I wake up to daily, the week count steadily climbing alongside my anxiety. Here’s the thing: in the last 13 weeks, my iPhone has all-at-once been plugged in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. And I even pay for extra iCloud storage each month, so what gives?

I haven’t done anything about the iCloud problem yet because it feels like just one of my many issues rooted in technology. I have a calendar that won’t show up on my phone, a gmail filter with a mind of its own, an Apple TV that cuts out mid-streaming, a brand new Macbook that won’t connect to my desktop monitor, and so on. And don’t even get me started on the “retired” devices that sit unused in my home, collecting dust, loaded up with music, photos and documents from past lives. I got my first laptop at 18 years old, and if this is the kind of chaos and clutter that comes from just 9 years of using technology, I don’t even want to imagine what my situation will look like in another decade or two.

If history is indication, the future will go something like this: a new device or operating system will come along, claiming to be the answer to all that disorganization, the streamlined solution we’ve been waiting for. But it’ll come rife with its own set of problems, pop-up notifications and incompatibilities. On the tenth repetition of that cycle, could you see yourself reaching a point where you opt out altogether? Would you ever choose to stick to what you’ve finally found to be functional at the risk of falling “out of touch”?

I’m grateful to have access to the latest cutting edge devices, and I acknowledge the amazing progress that technology has enabled (socially, scientifically, creatively, etc.), but these days it feels like it’s evolving faster than ever before. Just when I found a way to organize my external hard drive, Dropbox came along. And right when I got my iPhoto in check, Photos became the norm. For me, the learning curve is becoming greater with each innovation, and with that, so is my frustration. I have a good friend who often attends Genius Bar classes just to understand her devices. Me? I don’t have that kind of patience, and really, should it be that complicated? After all, these inventions are meant to make our lives easier.

Around the office, we complain talk a lot about our technological issues, and how infuriating it is when something doesn’t work the way it should — I know, I know, #firstworldproblems… but a problem nonetheless! So we thought we’d open the conversation up to you guys: Have you had enough of technology? Or if you’ve found a way to stay caught up on it all, what’s your secret?

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | September 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Yes! I’d say I have a love/hate relationship with technology. One on hand, digital technology has given us the tools and platform to produce our own creative work from anywhere in the world. I also enjoy the information access. But the battle against incompatible devices (and annoying pop up windows) is a daily one. Not to mention expensive. I’ve often felt lucky to have been part of the last generation who had a relatively internet-free high school experience. Just the joy of cruising the aisles at a video store or record shop… the moments of discovery were truly epic back when you really had to work for them.

    • Chanel Dror | September 18, 2015 at 11:37 am

      I’m right there with you Jenn! My best childhood and adolescent memories have NOTHING to do with technology. I can’t help but miss the days when we weren’t so dependent on it.

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    Camille Styles | September 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Definitely a love-hate. I am so grateful we live in an age where iPhones, texting, and email have made life way more convenient/efficient. But at the same time, it definitely seems more complicated! And I do feel like those little nagging tech issues (I share your pain with the iPhone backup alert message, as well as the photo organization frustration!) add a lingering sense of stress to everyday life. I could never do away with my technology altogether, but I’m thinking about doing a tech detox soon just to see how it feels…

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    Morgan Modica | September 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Technology definitely drives me crazy! Specifically my iPhone, which I’m constantly looking at, an almost chronic addiction. My phone tells me at least once a week, “I’m too hot. I need to cool down.” – like I don’t already know I’m using it too much IT has the nerve to rudely shut off and force me to take a breather lol.

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    Erin | September 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I personally love tech ( but I’m a programmer so take that with a grain of salt). However I always recommend to my non-tech friends to read “D is for Digital”. It’s basically my first year of comp-sci in 100 pages of plain English, and will make dealing with technology so much easier when you understand the basics of how it works.

    • Chanel Dror | September 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Ooh I’ll have to check it out! Sounds like it could be super helpful… thanks Erin!

      • Erin | September 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

        No problem! Computer literacy is so important nowadays, I try to help out wherever I can since it can be a little intimidating. If you want to take it a step further I also have a post on resources for beginning to code / increasing your tech literacy on my blog here: http://www.erindepew.com/blog/2014/02/17/learn-how-to-code/

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    Emma | September 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Technology is requirement, addiction, joy, source it inspiration and cause if many headaches.

    • Chanel Dror | September 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

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    Jeana | October 2, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Has anyone figured out an answer to the cloud backup message? That greets me every time I plug my phone in too … and I repeatedly pay for more cloud storage! Drives me crazy.

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    Emma | September 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    How can I tell? I’m already crazy!

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    Stephana | August 25, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Technology can drive me nuts!!!!! We live in a world where our phones have to be updated every 2 years , our pc’s shut down because of various “issues” that we, the users , have nothing to do with!…Constantly deleting emails or other promo mail(time wasting) getting aggravated over things that shouldn’t be wasting out time.
    Feeling obligated(or addicted )to your devices!!!
    Though cell phones are great for emergencies…we are beholding to them since many of us have given up our land lines(way too expensive) and according to a friend who works in the field-they want to get rid of land lines in the near future.
    I can HONESTLY tell you I didn’t feel this way in the 80’s. I liked a life where we had more privacy-and weren’t sitting on our rear ends getting fat.(Luckily I’m not in that category) Look at how much fatter people have become since owning pc’s.
    It’s very depressing. And now -we have people having superficial relationships on Facebook…and can’t ell the difference between a real friend and your thousand “friends” on FACEBOOK.OY!!!
    OK -I’m going to stop now but I could say more.

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