I live in the First World and I have problems. Some people call this ‘White Whine’, but as I’m not technically white, I prefer the term ‘First World Problems’.
I’ve just returned from a week in the English countryside, where we had a lot of rain, and very little Internet access.
I found small transient pockets of 3G as we whizzed through towns. As husband drove, I frantically updated and refreshed as many mobile apps as possible. Then I had to put down the phones as we swerved through green hedge-lined tunnels of car-sickness.
Getting a decent Internet connection was a complete pain in the bum. So we ate a wide and varied selection of fried fish and fried potatoes, moaned about the weather, and watched Jubilee TV.
Here is my current list of other First World Problems:
- I don’t buy yoghurt because there are too many choices, and anyway, it’s just a pretend-healthy tub of sugar + dairy nonsense.
- The cafés at garden centres have uncomfortable seating.
- My mobile phone screen is always smeared with ear grease.
- I have too many plastic shopping bags, but I don’t want to put them in the rubbish because they will enter the waterways and strangle dolphins.
- I still don’t know which of my relatives I should add to Facebook. I think mum has stopped trying to Friend me.
- I am a little bit embarrassed when my (Chinese) parents bring their own toothpicks to (non-Chinese) restaurants, and pick their teeth after a meal.
- I don’t have time to read Vanity Fair properly anymore.
- My Kindle now looks out of date and unfashionable.
- I still don’t let my kids to wear Crocs in public. Unless we are near a large body of water.
- I don’t know what threadcount my sheets are.
- I read blogs written by people who are more creative, funny, rich, stylish and/or youthful than me. It makes me feel inadequate.
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Half a year is a long time in tech world. In August 2010 I smugly declared that people with e-books were usually ‘early- to mid-30’s male with a satchel’ (See News + Paper. Read all about it!).
Although I am a later-30’s female without a satchel, I now have my own e-book reader. Husband bought me an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. Despite my reservations about mindlessly sucking up every digital device or idea that flashes its USB ports at me, I do like my Kindle.
Good things about my e-book reader
E-books and my Kindle are quite charming because I can:
- Carry a dictionary with me. Just in case.
- Read with my sunglasses on.
- Read a sample chapter of a worthy book, find it too dull, then not buy the book. No book wastage at all.
- Drink single-origin coffee in cafes with cool geeks wearing grey v-neck t-shirts. (I just can’t help myself stereotyping trendy tech-heads.)
Bad things about my e-book reader
I still love paper because I can:
- Leave it for weeks and not have to charge it.
- Turn pages without that black/white screen flicker (although I did get used to that on my Kindle very quickly).
- Choose a book purely on the basis of its cover art and font.
- Know that it will always be compatible, fully supported and scalable. I am assuming that my kids and future generations will still have eyes to read and hands to turn pages.
- Drink single-origin tea in book shops with cool nerds wearing black v-neck t-shirts.( I must stop stereotyping people …)
I am now happily embroidering myself a Kindle case. Craft + tech = Crach?? I am quite addicted.
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If we all have e-book readers, then will we still be buying delightful fake book wallpaper?