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Is There Life Beyond the iPhone?

04/30/2014 06:03 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2014
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It's impossible to believe but coming in September, like a bad sequel, will be the new iPhone 6 with all new features, updates and more reasons to disassociate from society and become a bigger introvert. This new phone is coming on the heels of last year's new iPhone 5 and 5s which boasted less dropped calls and more sleek apps as well as new Safari which made websites easier to get into. But unfortunately with the new phone comes even more problems such as easy security breaches and network crashes.

We live an age where technology doesn't even get a 10-second delay, we just get used to one item and suddenly we're faced with either keeping up or we're behind on the times, there's no room for a happy medium and it's not cost effective plus it's a total pain to transfer everything over.

In the early days before iPods, iPads and iPhones, we had our version of technology except we didn't need a computer or a wall outlet. We relied on batteries and CDs. If I really wanted to age myself I could probably go all the way back to cassette tapes and recorders. The difference between now and then is that we could leave all that stuff behind and be kids. We're in such a rush today that we forget to slow down, put down the gadgets, and just breathe. Imagine if for one day, everyone put down their phones and everything and just took a step back. I'm sure we'd remember those days of being a kid.

But the reality is we can't leave the house without a phone's that's at least 50 percent percent charged and when it drains when we need it the most, it's like someone switched off our oxygen and it's a hundred Black Friday-like dash to find a plug to charge our devices before it completely shuts down.

I admit I'm a total tech junkie but even I'm reaching my limits, going broke, replacing cracked screen and updates when my phone is rendered obsolete after only a year and let's not forget when the warranty expires and doesn't cover anything even relevant. When the new phone comes out, I think I'll wait for the iPhone 7 because by the time I pay off the iPhone 5. There will be a whole new software to learn.

But like anything, we have to go with it otherwise we'd never move forward in the times and we'd probably be still stuck in caveman times, it's just a pain in the neck for our parents, who've just grasped that Twitter isn't a disease and what specific text messaging terminology is appropriate and that using capital letters is the equivalent of screaming.

Are you too depended on your device? Are you able to walk away without feeling a sense of panic you aren't missing something?

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