The world is changing at a breakneck pace, and just about all of us are along for the ride.
Technological advancement is an iterative process, punctuated infrequently by major innovations. Personally, I’m okay with this… it means that our computers and cellphones are steadily improving, with every few months yielding the latest and greatest the tech companies can muster. Then, every once in a while someone discovers or invents something that really throws things out of whack, like the first smart phones. So far, it’s worked pretty well.
Do I Really need the Latest and Greatest Computer?
As someone who constantly obsesses over what firmware and drivers my phone and computer are running, you may be surprised to hear that I’m actually against always getting the latest and greatest technology. I think that for many people, it actually makes more sense to rent a computer instead of buying one, or to wait a few iterations before upgrading one’s phone.
So with that in mind, let me suggest a few questions that you can ask yourself when you’re debating dropping $2000 on a brand new gaming computer.
- What tangible benefits will I get from upgrading from my current computer/phone/blender? Will this really improve my life and/or save me time or money?
- Can I afford this without going into debt or having to give up something more important, like food?
- Should I really get this new, or wait a bit longer and get it used or at a discount?
If you sit down and really think about it, I believe that your answer will often be a resounding NO! I’ve found that, with very few exceptions, when I wait a few days to think about a purchase, I often decide it simply isn’t worth it. The iterative approach of technology companies means that our gadgets will constantly be improving just a little bit, but that also means that if you buy into that (so to speak), you’ll constantly be spending money… money on something that probably offers very little or no real benefit for you personally.
Just my 10 cents worth.
Are you one of those people that lines up every year for the latest Apple iPhone, or are you still rockin’ a dumb phone from the early 2000s? Whatever your opinion, I want to hear about it in the comments below. To play devil’s advocate, I’ve actually made a few impulse purchases over the years that have worked out well, like the Raspberry Pi that I turned into an HTPC. It was inexpensive, and I don’t do it often, but it happens.