Yom Kippur, which falls today (Wednesday) is an excellent opportunity for soul-searching in a variety of areas of life. We have compiled a list of some of the technological sins you have probably committed in the past year:
Have you replaced a specific electrical appliance even though the previous one is still working: We all know this moment that the smartphone or computer is no longer as fast as it used to be, that the memory is not enough or that the battery is gradually depleted. At this point, subconsciously, you start looking for the reason to replace the device, and explore the possible alternatives. So it is true that there are times when it is justified to replace the device while it is still working, for example in a situation where the memory volume is not enough for you already, or it is simply not suitable for their needs. But in some cases, what will improve the situation is to upgrade the operating system to the latest version (which is important even if the device works properly), delete applications and files that are not in use and / or format the device.
Do not maintain the device externally and internally: If you have already invested a few thousand shekels in a new device, then why not invest in quality cover and a screen protector along the way? On some devices, replacing a broken screen comes at the cost of a new device, and then a situation arises where a device simply goes in the trash – just because you have decided that there is no need for shields. And regarding internal protection: the various companies release new version updates to the operating systems of the devices once in a while. Sometimes, these are updates that include cosmetic changes, or the addition of new features, but sometimes they are designed to address critical device issues such as software issues (such as battery or camera issues) or various security issues.
Forget to load: The batteries in the various devices – whether they are smartphones or products such as laptops – have improved greatly over the years, but they also need to be charged at one point or another. Many times, people just forget to charge their devices, and find themselves in a situation where they are battery-free the moment they need it most. Some smartphones today support reverse charging so that one device can charge another device. If this is not possible, it is better to use a portable backup battery than to use charging stations in different places (such as public transport).
The device’s memory is blown up with countless photos and documents: Let’s face it, we all found ourselves photographing random shelves at the supermarket to consult what to buy, various documents we had to scan or all sorts of things we had to remember and had nowhere to keep. In other cases, we keep multiple identical copies of the same image, or do not bother to delete the blurry and smeared images obtained when we tried to photograph a small child or our pet. Most of these images end up in the smartphone and later also in the backup on the computer and / or in the various cloud services, and mix with the images that we do want to save.
Spending too many hours in front of the screens: We open the morning, along with drinking coffee, by going through the various apps to see what we missed during the night. Next, work all day in front of the computer and smartphone. In the afternoon and evening, they still sit with their smartphones and watch TV. And if that’s not enough – you’re probably also surfing the social media at night, until the moment you fall asleep. Beyond the simple fact that this ultimately leads to impaired vision and pain in the hands, neck and back – using the phone before bed, especially when in a dark room, can affect sleep quality.
At the same time, the various technology companies must also take stock, and apologize to us – the loyal customers – for the many things they do, or make us do:
Manufacture devices that are not designed to last long: Some smartphones tend to break down in less than a year, while others do not last more than a year and a half. So it’s true that there are many updates to operating systems, alongside significant technological developments, but it’s certainly possible to find a way for devices to really hold on to customers for a long time, so that they can really get the most out of them, especially when it comes to expensive flagship devices.
Launch devices frequently without innovating anything significant: There are users who change their device every year when the company releases the new flagship device. They do this regularly, even if the new flagship device is not so different from the previous one (or at least not at a level that justifies a new purchase). Let’s face it, significant changes in devices happen once every few years, so many times there is no real need to upgrade the device, and you can wait for the next generation (or even the one after it).
high prices: This is a pretty painful issue. There are cases where the price indicates the high quality of the product, but sometimes the only reason for the price is the logo stamped on it – and you can find good alternatives at a much more pocket-friendly price. Ultimately, the choice of how much money to invest is up to the consumer alone, but there is no doubt that companies, which sometimes feature models with a monstrous price tag, can be a little considerate of their customers and also worry about cheaper alternatives. After all, if the goal is to sell as many devices as possible, and thus expand the company’s user base – one should appeal to as wide an audience as possible, and shrinking the price can certainly help with that.
Inventory issues: The companies are launching a particular product, knowing that it will become popular soon, and will be in great demand. What sucks in these launches, is the fact that many times, the inventory of the product is simply not enough. I exclude here justifiable reasons that can lead to shortages in certain products, such as the global chip crisis, natural disasters or the Corona plague, but really companies can take care of producing enough units for the products, certainly if they are supposed to be in stock and not limited editions.
Makes us work for the device: It is worth reminding companies that in the end, electrical appliances are supposed to serve us – not us. So dear companies, instead of producing a device that will only require the consumer to adapt himself and his lifestyle to the device, will you create a device that is really meant for humans? That does not require too many accessories and special conditions, but just works properly all the time?