Technology Isn’t Always A Good Thing

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A lot of people – me included – rely on technology far too much from ordering a takeaway online to booking a holiday at the click of a button. While I could not live without technology (no understatement) there are a lot of areas which I don’t like technology taking over and I still try and cling on to the more traditional routes. This includes:

Keeping a diary
I do not like relying on my phone for keeping my plans together. I did this once and then there was a malfunction and my phone had an issue wiping all of my plans, appointments, and shows leaving me a bit in the shit. That doesn’t happen with a physical diary which is why each and every year I buy a new one and I could not be without it. I love choosing a new diary over the festive period and adding in all my fun plans, and it’s always nice to look back over an old diary and see how many fun things I got up to.

Printing photographs
I absolutely love printing photographs and while I might not fill photo album after photo album I still love having them. Throughout my flat photo frames and clips brim with stunning holiday locations and the smiling faces of me with the people who mean the most to me. I love creating small photo books and albums of the places I have visited so I can look back on them when I’m older and the concept of Facebook or Instagram might not exist any longer.


Reading books
Yes Kindles are cheaper, easier to carry around and can be more practical especially when you go away but I just can not bare them. I love the feeling of a physical book, looking at the artwork on the cover and holding something physical. I have such an overflowing bookshelf that I am always having to do bookswaps/ storing them away/ selling them because I just don’t have the room but it makes choosing my next road so much more fun browsing through them.

Physical tickets
Where possible I will always opt for getting physical tickets for a concert/ show/ festival as opposed to those e-tickets you print off yourself. Physical tickets have so much more character and I have memory books which showcase all of events I go to and an awesome ticket looks so much nicer than a tattered printed piece of paper. I wish places didn’t charge so much for the postage of tickets as it always pains me to spend an extra £5 but usually I’ll do it.

Dating Apps
I am utterly rubbish at dating apps, I am not photogenic enough to get that one jaw-dropping photo and I don’t like being put under pressure to write about myself so my profiles tend to just be lengthy and boring. Technology makes it seem like it’s so easy to find a partner/ date/ someone to sleep with but in my experience it isn’t quite as easy as clicking a few times and being sorted. I make a much better impression in person but it rarely seems to get to this stage for me.

Are there any bits of technology which you just aren’t as on board with?

April 11, 2016
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  • Ickle Pickle

    This is so true – I have tried a little on line dating and it is horrendous! I do miss proper photos too. Kaz x

  • Reclusive Fox

    I have to admit that I adore technology and the convenience it provides me. Having said that I do still love to write a personal journal using pen and paper and I have started learning to draw to give me time away from screens. I do love books but my Kindle is one of my top gadgets.

  • Beth

    Very true. I love my diary and love printing photos out. Some things will and can never be changed

  • I’m not sure to be honest, I miss the days of writing letters, but I can’t hold a pen for long any more so I can’t write them :/

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I need to not rely on my phone for organisation because I am useless at keeping it up to date, I think I need paper x

  • Oh god don’t get me started on dating apps, trying to use Tinder is so annoying! Whatever happened to meeting people?

  • Helen Clark

    I’m exactly the same with keeping a diary, loosing all my plans would be my worst nightmare. I love keeping my concert tickets too, I’ve got mine on a huge board going back to when I was a teenager. Digital music is another thing Im not on board with, I can’t just have the download I need the physical CD

  • Helen

    I really enjoyed reading this post. It got me thinking how many photos I have saved digitally but I actually have none of them printed. I am 1000% going to look at printing more of my photos.

  • I free like taking a mini break off technology but I can’t cos I work there. lol.

  • Dani Abraham

    I’ve started taking regular breaks from technology, I still keep a paper diary as well as using my phone and outlook because it would be a disaster should one of the digital ones fail.

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I read an epic amount of books – I just do it in between working so don’t really get a break from tech!

  • I have to say, I am equal amounts for and against technology. I do read books both in print, and kindle. I also have a large diary, and I use my phone too. Tickets are always important to me as I keep a memory box. There is something to be said for technology always being to hand though!

  • I’m a total paper person too. I love the convenience and speed at which you can find information, etc. but I love a paper trail.

  • Cassandra Mayers

    I got told one time, Why are you writing that list on a piece of paper when you have a Ipad there. I was like, A. Because I enjoy writing and B because its easier to look at when just laid on my desk in front of me.
    I completely agree with you x

  • I love your collection of tickets. I found my inter railling diary the other day – full of tickets and leaflets. Lovely memories. I also have novels that have several boarding passes in them. it really is lovely to find them again.

  • Bex Smith

    I too like to print photos and keep physical tickets but I do love my Kindle just as much as I love a physical book!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    I totally agree with technology not being always good. Im sad that many magazines are not being printed anymore due to publications moving online and I love having photo albums.

  • Jessica

    I was nodding every point of this post. Experiences and memories are better appreciated without so much technology.

  • I am very much pro-tech. I get annoyed when people criticise people who use social media a lot!

  • As much as I am pro tech, I also don’t believe in not printing photographs and having books in printing. I love the smell of a new book and to see memories hanging on the wall.

  • Little Steps

    I’m the same with kindle or any other e-readers. I prefer the physical books than the virtual ones, especially since I like collecting them 😉 My husband relies on his diary on his phone and I keep telling him to still have an actual one precisely because of the reason you mentioned on your post. But he doesn’t listen 😉

  • Talya Stone

    I agree. I am and will always be a real book lover. I just can’t get the same feeling with any e-version!

  • I met my partner through dating website… so it’s worked out for us lol and yeah, I do agree, I miss physical photos. Not just those on Instagram or iPhone.

    Oliver •

  • Cliona Kelliher

    I totally rely on my phone too but I really agree with some of the things you mentioned, like reading books. There is something so nice about the smell and feel of a book. I also like to print out photos sometimes, it’s nice to be able to browse through them.

  • I completely agree. I am too reliant on technology and Im’ actually going on a 48 hour break to a no wifi, no signal resort this afternoon. Scared and excited at the same time. We’ll be reading books and just enjoying the scenery. I think we should all read more and print out photos x

  • I love my annual family calendar hanging on the kitchen door. And I do love real photos – I tend to do photo books but even N likes looking at these. I’m a kindle lover though – I do buy real books because my favourite authors’s books are expensive on kindle. But it’s so much more practical for holidays, going out and late night reading

  • I think I rely on technology too much, but I do love the feel of my journal

  • Rosana McPhee

    I love technology but unfortunately it doesn’t always work – I not on board dating apps, no way. R

  • Hannah Malanga

    I am not too good with technology, I am a bit dumb with it haha my husband has to show me several times for me to understand it most of the time. I definitely will stick to my diary and will choose an actual ticket over an electronic one any day! So often things so wrong with our phones or we have a problem witth he internet that I wouldn’t trust not having a back up!

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