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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Technophobe Teddy

Sometimes I wonder if technology is taking over my life.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those early adopters of technology, at all. I don't have any desire to own the latest gadget and I resist technological advances as much as possible. So much so, in fact, that one of my friends seems to think I may as well live in a cave as I don't have TV or the internet at home.

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Dress: Handmade (Mortmain skirt and Bette bodice, in this fabric) // Bag: Primark
I was reading Kara's post this morning and a lot of her early morning routine resonated with me. I guess what I mean is, it got me thinking of all of the things which weren't around when I was growing up, but which I'd struggle to imagine trying to live without. Social media, and just generally being more connected to the world no matter where you might be. I still haven't really decided how much I like that part. 

I mean, sure it's great to be able to look up information at the touch of a button screen. Finding directions, catching up with someone you've not spoken to in a while whilst you're cooking dinner, tracking your run or cycle ride. All of that stuff is great; leaps and bounds in the quest of making our lives easier. But does being that connected have a lot to answer for in terms of adding to stress levels, too? I'm starting to think it is. Things like parents who can't cut the apron strings when it comes to allowing their kids to go to guide camp, and have to speak to them / text them every day to make sure they are okay? When I was a kid, my parents would wave me off with a "see you next week" and that would be the end of it. If it's not there, you don't miss it. Technology and kids is a whole other kettle of fish - I often say that I'd hate to be growing up with the social media we have nowadays. I've seen far too many school-aged kids who have been victims of cyber bullying and that's something which doesn't stop when you leave the school gates at 3pm. 

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Necklace: Accessorize // Blazer: George*
Another thing which drives me made is work emails. One of my friends mentioned that she'd been reprimanded at work today because she hadn't replied last night to an email she'd been sent. Outside of work hours. At 22:30pm in fact. Seriously? If you work a 9-5 office job, I'm surprised that anyone would have that expectation, but they definitely do. And trust me, owning a business makes these things even worse. I've lost count of the number of times I've had a day off and a work email has come through and caused me to either cancel my plans and go into the office, or at least let it ruin my enjoyment of the day as I'm too busy worrying. 

This weekend alone I've had out-of-hours emails and calls about meetings with my bank manager, a change of deadline by a client and disciplinary issues to do with a recent theft at work. Crazy but true. Something I'd never really given a lot of consideration to before, as I'd always assumed it was larger businesses who suffered things like this, but apparently it's quite common, so now I'm looking into possible solutions and deterrents

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Tokyo shoe boots: ASOS // Tights: H+M

Ugh. In other, happier news, I wore one of my new dresses from the weekend. I had quite a productive time and got on top of my commissions and also managed to make three dresses for myself. This is a mash-up of the Mortmain skirt with the Sew Magazine Bette bodice, as I'm favouring sleeveless dresses at the moment and that's the best bodice shape and fit I've found. The Mortmain skirt is pleated which worked much better than my usual method of gathering the skirt, for this cotton/linen blend fabric. 

Yes, more patterned tights and some amazing bright pink boots which I received for Xmas a few years ago and haven't worn enough of! 

8 comments:

  1. Interesting post. I've thought about this subject a lot. I love technology, social media and always feeling connected. I particularly like it on holiday- I love that I can go on twitter and see what's going on where I am.
    However I definitely agree about teenagers. Navigating senior school is tricky enough as it is without it coming into your home life via internet too. I'm also lucky enough to have a job where we don't have that kind of culture- perhaps because teaching is heavily unionised?
    So I feel I get all the positives and none of the negatives but I do worry about what may happen in future!

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    1. I chose not to have internet at home because I quite like the idea of switching off and not being connected. That said, I don't think it works as I get good 4G signal so I don't really ever switch off. One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is check my emails and I think that's a habit I should try to break.

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  2. I think sometimes technology is as much of a curse as a blessing. I often find myself unable (unwilling?) to switch off. I've fallen asleep browsing mindlessly through Facebook before - I could have been reading actual useful information instead. I often wonder how much more productive I would be if I didn't have a 'smart' phone. Blogs to me are different because it is reading others' opinions and interacting and is in general a positive community. But social media, particularly Facebook, is mindless and frequently negative. Instagram is a mixed bag of inspiration and mindlessness. My dad works long hours but, being in IT, can get called out at any time in the middle of the night and it's his job to get up and do it, much the same as what you were saying about not having 'proper' days off because something work related always pops up. It is an issue in today's society but honestly, I don't know how we can come back from how far everything's come at this point? xx

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    1. Totally agree with you. I read so much dross on social media sites, although I don't have FB, and yet I have a huge pile of books I'd love to find the time to read. I think that people put up with the permanently connected feeling because they like the benefits which technology gives them and I don't think there'll ever be a way "back" from it.

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  3. Char! You're having no luck recently at all! Hoping things make a swift turn for the better AND SOON! xx

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    1. Thank you - it's certainly been a mad few months but I hope things will straighten out.

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  4. I completely agree! As you know, its something I've thought about a lot. I used to be perfectly content without a cell phone, without social media. I used to be fine waiting in line and staring into space. But, now I feel like I'm always looking or something to entertain me. I always feel grateful thinking about how horribly bullied I was as a child, but how that bullying stopped once I was no longer at school. Home could be a safe haven... which isn't really true for kids today. Sigh. But there are so many wonderful things brought on by technology. I think it's about finding a balance. Switching off the phone for a night. Realizing the world won't go into a holding pattern if I don't check my email for a night. No answers...but at least a personal resolution to try to go off the grid once in awhile. ;)
    -Kara
    www.thedressedaesthetic.com

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    1. That's so true - getting out of the habit of checking my phone before I go to sleep and first thing when I wake up would be really good for me. I've bought an alarm clock so that it's separate from having to use my phone as an alarm and in theory can leave it in another room.

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