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30 Signs That Technology Has Taken Over Your Life
by Joe Mullich, AmericanWay Magazine, 11/15/94
- Your stationery is more cluttered than Warren Beatty's address book.
The letterhead lists a fax number, e-mail addresses for two on-line
services, and your Internet address, which spreads across the breadth
of the letterhead and continues to the back. In essence, you have conceded
that the first page of any letter you write *is* letterhead.
- You have never sat through an entire movie without having at least
one device on your body beep or buzz.
- You need to fill out a form that must be typewritten, but you
can't because there isn't one typewriter in your house -- only computers
with laser printers.
- You think of the gadgets in your office as "friends," but you
forget to send your father a birthday card.
- You disdain people who use low baud rates.
- When you go into a computer store, you eavesdrop on a salesperson
talking with customers -- and you butt in to correct him and spend the
next twenty minutes answering the customers' questions, while the
salesperson stands by silently, nodding his head.
- You use the phrase "digital compression" in a conversation
without thinking how strange your mouth feels when you say it.
- You constantly find yourself in groups of people to whom you
say the phrase "digital compression." Everyone understands what you
mean, and you are not surprised or disappointed that you don't have to
- You know Bill Gates' e-mail address, but you have to look up
your own social security number.
- You stop saying "phone number" and replace it with "voice
number," since we all know the majority of phone lines in any house
are plugged into contraptions that talk to other contraptions.
- You sign Christmas cards by putting :-) next to your signature.
- Off the top of your head, you can think of nineteen keystroke
symbols that are far more clever than :-).
- You back up your data every day.
- Your wife asks you to pick up some minipads for her at the store
and you return with a rest for your mouse.
- You think jokes about being unable to program a VCR are stupid.
- On vacation, you are reading a computer manual and turning
the pages faster than everyone else who is reading John Grisham novels.
- The thought that a CD could refer to finance or music rarely
enters your mind.
- You are able to argue persuasively the Ross Perot's
phrase "electronic town hall" makes more sense than the term "information
superhighway," but you don't because, after all, the man still
uses hand-drawn pie charts.
- You go to computer trade shows and map out your path of the
exhibit hall in advance. But you cannot give someone directions
to your house without looking up the street names.
- You would rather get more dots per inch than miles per gallon.
- You become upset when a person calls you on the phone to
sell you something, but you think it's okay for a computer to call
and demand that you start pushing buttons on your telephone to
receive more information about the product it is selling.
- You know without a doubt that disks come in five-and-a- quarter-and
- Al Gore strikes you as an "intriguing" fellow.
- You own a set of itty-bitty screw-drivers and you actually know
where they are.
- While contemporaries swap stories about their recent hernia
surgeries, you compare mouse-induced index-finger strain with a
- You are so knowledgeable about technology that you feel
secure enough to say "I don't know" when someone asks you
a technology question instead of feeling compelled to make something up.
- You rotate your screen savers more frequently than
your automobile tires.
- You have a functioning home copier machine, but every toaster
you own turns bread into charcoal.
- You have ended friendships because of irreconcilably different
opinions about which is better -- the track ball or the track *pad*.
- You understand all the jokes in this message. If so,
my friend, technology has taken over your life. We suggest, for your
own good, that you go lie under a tree and write a haiku. And don't
use a laptop.
- You email this message to your friends over the net. You'd
never get around to showing it to them in person or reading it to
them on the phone. In fact, you have probably never met most of
these people face-to-face.
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