I am a slow adopter. New technology excites me ( I come by it honestly. I get it from my dad.), but it always has bugs, and usually ‘they’ haven’t figured out all the user interfaces yet etc. Until that stuff is sorted out, learning a new platform can be … challenging.
So, while I have been an avid observer of mobile for a while, and have even owned a smartphone for over two years, and a tablet for a year now, I considered myself a neophyte in several ways. Until recently I only did what I had to on them; i didn’t go in for games, or location based stuff, or really apps in general. Mobile did not change my behavior; I did just want I’d always been doing, but with a different device.
I have also been hesitant to jump in with both feet because I recognize the potential for this to consume my life. I like living in the real world. I like holding real books, and cooking bread by hand and gardening and hiking and sewing and drawing with pencils. I also like talking to real people face to face, and playing games with people who are sitting on the same couch with me (my biggest problem with the Xbox live system is that games no longer allow 4 person coop. WTF?). So I’ve been somewhat afraid that if I dive into mobile I’ll “delve too greedily and too deep” and turn myself into a Balrog-or a zombie who can’t interact with the real world except via txt. This is a comment (mostly) about me, not mobile in general or society as a whole. Mostly.
I also suffer from some lingering prejudice against location based services, especially ones that post my whereabouts. Tonight I sent out my first ever foursquare checkin! Don’t expect it to last long. I know that anyone really interested could figure out my general patterns fairly easily. But I grew up in a neighborhood where you had to think about people stealing from your house, hijacking your car, kidnapping kids. Not constantly, but it was a real possibility. So the idea of making my current location public knowledge, just out there for anyone..ANYONE–to find kind of creeps me out. But, I’m willing to try it for a while and see how it goes.