I love technology. It makes my life easier, more fun, and more interesting. It helps me keep in touch with people I would otherwise struggle to remain in touch with, and keeps me up to date with the happenings of the world.
Getting a new laptop, phone, tablet, or TV is exhilarating, and can keep me entertained for hours. However, these things can really add up and having to have the newest tech gadgets can be a very expensive habit.
I am no stronger to having a bad case of the iWants, but I’ve been able to quell my desire to run out and buy every single new product on the market. I had my iPhone 3 for three years, until I had to renew my cell phone contract and got my iPhone 5 for free. I had my last laptop for several years, before it finally kicked the bucket and I bought a Macbook Air.
It’s not that I am not a huge gadget geek. Like most of my generation, I love technology and having the latest and greatest. I’ve just become very good at controlling my impulse to purchase the newest models.
Next time you find yourself on Apple.com, try to do the following things first, to stop yourself from upgrading unnecessarily.
Update Your Operating System
Chances are, your existing device is working just fine. You probably want to buy the newest model for some other reason (because it’s new and exciting and you want to try it out), and it’s probably unnecessary. To make yourself happy with what you have already, try updating your operating system to the newest one.
You will get many of the features you are looking for with the updated operating system, but without the steep price tag that comes with buying a new device.
Try a New Software
Sometimes, we just need change. Technology can get boring pretty quickly, especially as updates are becoming available, taunting you with the new things that can be done.
Trying a new software may scratch the itch of wanting something new, and satisfy your need for a change.
Consider Other Purposes for the Money
When a new model of iPhone or a new technology comes out, we never know how long it will be until the next new thing will be released. Technology is developed quickly, and new models of existing products have a very short life before they are considered old again.
One thing that always helped me hold off on buying the newest gadget, was considering what else I could spend money on.
When I got a new gadget, it would be really fun for a few days, but after that, the novelty would wear off. If you consider how much money you’d save by not upgrading all the time, you may be able to spend it on a vacation or something of that nature every year. Or, a bigger, better gadget down the road.
Remember: It’s Just Hype
Remember when camera phones first came out, and they were hyped up an unbelievable amount? People were obsessed with them, and the companies creating them were hyping their own ability to combine two technologies (a phone and a camera) into one device.
There are dozens of amazing, life changing technologies created and released on a yearly basis, which don’t get half the response because the companies or individuals behind them don’t have a team that actually creates unwarranted excitement over them.
Do you really want to fall victim to the hype that these companies create over their own products? I don’t want to be that easy a target.
It’s pretty easy to avoid gadget lust if you can do a couple of these things. They should be able to hold you off until the next model is released.