My hard drive crashed on Tuesday. You know when they say, “always back it up?” And then you do for the longest time, but then you get lazy and you get a new MacBook Pro. And it’s so nice and fancy that it couldn’t possibly fail so you don’t get around to backing it up? And then it crashes shortly after the warranty expires?
Mhmm, that would be me I’m talking about.
No joke, the loss of my computer is causing me a degree of physical agony. I slept eleven hours last night like a depressed person. Don’t ask me the cost to fix that bad boy and recover my data, or the time it will take them to do so. Up to a month if it’s bad.
Our computers mean big things in our lives. Technology is one of the primary way I connect with everyone in my life, professionally, personally, romantically. Before I moved out to LA to be with my boyfriend, our relationship existed basically over video chat. It felt distancing and tired.
However, when I remove technology from my life even for TWO DAYS I feel far more alienated than I ever did when staring at that stupid video chat camera experiencing a “so close yet so far away” phenomenon.
All this to say, my two days computerless has reminded me of this great TED talk I watched on the Internet’s affect on trust. See guys, technology yields goodness! Facebook friend request that man! The Internet is about idealism and joy!
I love the internet. I love my computer. I want it baaaaaack.
Alison Steedman is the editor at Dating & Hookup. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their histrionic cat, Charles Dickens, where she still carries on a nostalgic and long-distance love affair with her 20's in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @yosteedman, and you can also send her your writing at [email protected], both of which make her very happy.
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