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Have You Ever Been Guilted Out of Using a Technology?

When people ask about when my boyfriend and I moved in together, I wax nostalgic on one thing. No, not my independent living or some mushy story about commitment. My VHS tapes.

See, as much as I love to adopt new formats and tech, I was holding onto a small collection of VHS tapes, not because I thought the format was still good (please, I frown on people who don't appreciate Blu-ray yet), but because of the titles. I knew I'd have to replace these faves, so they were staying with me.

However, my boyfriend's relentless teasing about the "ancient" format led me to dump the movies, especially when he was right — I rarely pulled them out and turned on the VCR.

I find that this method of teasing and guilting has caused a lot of people to upgrade from one technology to the next, rather than a genuine desire to adopt the latest thing. I admit that I've guilted people out of using MySpace and Friendster, and urged people to drop the dumbphone and go smart.

Tell me, have you ever been guilted into feeling your tech was too old and needed to upgrade?

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PinkCrayon PinkCrayon 6 years
Awww, my VCR's just sitting there collecting dust nowadays =( When I was younger, I had to have every new gadget. But now being a bit older and more money conscious, I don't really care what my friends have to say about upgrading anymore; especially friends who are dead broke after "absolutely having to upgrade".
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
No, I don't let other people's taste dictate what I buy. Frankly, I find people who try to pressure me and others into buying a particular product extremely annoying.
cherryblossom cherryblossom 6 years
I'm never guilted into buying anything but I like to keep somewhat up to changing times, i just wait until more modern technology comes down in prices, I always keep up with gaming technology though, because its one of my great loves. that means computer updates, consoles etc, to be able to play all new games, i would like an lcd tv because is better for graphics and tiny writing in games. but as far as cell phones and the like go i got my cell phone because it was purple, and i HATE HATE hATE apple, and anything they make really. just because your paying way to much for what it actually has in capability.
mek123 mek123 6 years
Some things I will get guilted into upgrading, like my iPhone (which I love) but I still have my TV from 1986 and it's working great.
teflonbrains teflonbrains 6 years
I get kind of scared of getting rid of older gadgets and replace them with something new, i just feel like they don't make things the way they used to...i still use my tv i've had since like 2000.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Heck no. I'm a proud owner of a record player and a phone that can't do anything but send messages and make calls.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Nope. Probably because I am not overly concerned. I upgrade when I know I should. My boyfriend is a programmer and a self-proclaimed geek, who loves everything. Even if the newer stuff is better, the older things should go appreciated too...they paved the way for everything we have now. Right now, he is playing NES games on an old school TV. I still have disney VHS tapes, cartridges from old video game systems, etc. Just because they are not the most fancy, doesn't mean they are not usable or entertaining. Plus, the nostalgia is amazing. Speaking of which, I am going to go play some metroid with him, and then watch Sleeping Beauty on VHS ;)
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