I really enjoy reading Leo Babauta’s pieces about minimalism and productivity. He wrote a short post a while back that REALLY struck me, about why he WON’T be getting an iPad:
But I didn’t need an iPad last month or last year, and I will venture to guess (I could be wrong) that I’ll be just as happy, fit and productive without the iPad.
……..I’ve resisted buying an iPhone for several years because I don’t need one (despite their ultimate coolness), and the iPad is another way cool gadget I don’t need.
Wow. If it were only that simple.
At the end of 2009, I really really struggled with not upgrading my Telus cell phone to a new Android smartphone, which in the end, I didn’t, considering the cost and more importantly, that I came to agree that my current professional, home and social lives wouldn’t be qualitatively improved because I had a cool new HTC gadget. But that decision took me 6 weeks of consideration and changing my mind and back and forth – it was that hard for me to “let go” of wanting the next cool thing. This is also a bug that I and millions of others have when it comes to Apple products. In fact I have an inner debate about once a week about purchasing an iPad.
It’s true that we don’t NEED a lot of the tech gadgets that we have purchased over the past 2 years, and the ones we have in our house serve our existing needs. As we are trying to make more conscious choices about living sustainably and having a smaller footprint, we really need to seriously consider the principle that we can be “just as happy, fit and productive without” ___________ , whatever the item may be.
(However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t, in fact, be acquiring any more Apple or other gadgets – but it means that I intend to try and be more sensible about it, try and stagger each product to the natural end of its lifecycle before I pick up another one.)