Many people consider themselves “techies” because they own many of the latest gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets. What separates a true techie from pretenders is whether technology is used primarily as tools or toys.
A tool makes your life more productive, while a mere toy is something you enjoy doing. It is not enough to own the gadget; the gadget simplify your life. To illustrate my point, review the spectrum of uses for a smartphone that range from toys to tools.
|Play||Make calls, text|
|Entertainment||Play games, listen to music|
|Infotainment||Browse the web, shop, check prices|
|Tool||Information||Search web, social media, basic apps|
|Learning||Conduct research, Learning apps|
|Personal digital assistant||Manage calendar/finances/health|
|Work/Productivity||Do business online/accept credit cards|
Unless you can afford it, consider your gadget’s usage when purchasing.:
- If all you just want to do is make calls, then don’t shell out $500 for a smartphone.
- If you don’t have a good laptop, then you shouldn’t buy a tablet.
What are some of the ways you use your gadgets as a tool? Please share your experiences so we can compile them for the next article.