A dig­i­tized life is con­ve­nient but un­re­li­able

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS - By Am­ber Su

Even though many com­pa­nies are al­ways telling you “dig­i­tal makes your life more con­ve­nient and there­fore hap­pier,” I some­times feel it is the op­po­site way – a dig­i­tized life can be a mess.

About eight years ago, I was still us­ing a “dumb” phone. Though I still had to pay for each text mes­sage and call peo­ple by di­al­ing num­bers, I did not need to worry about bring­ing my power bank with me in case my bat­tery ran out of power.

One such dis­as­ter did hap­pen to me last week. I went out for an ac­tiv­ity one morn­ing with my phone hav­ing only 80 per­cent bat­tery power; was only 10 per­cent left.

Luck­ily, I had not fol­lowed the lat­est trend of down­load­ing the sub­way app, with which one can pay for their metro fare by scan­ning a QR code. So I was still able to get out af­ter 40 min­utes on the sub­way just as my phone to­tally shut down by the time I walked out of the car­riage.

How­ever, all I could de­pend on from that point on were my feet, as I had to walk for 15 whole min­utes with a heavy cam­era bag else from my of­fice hap­pened to pass by and helped me in. But it was not the first time that re­ly­ing on dig­i­tal equip­ment had driven me crazy. I have to say that some smart phones are re­ally del­i­cate, as they eas­ily shut down in the cold Bei­jing win­ter. Last win­ter, more than once I had to use my body tem­per­a­ture to warm up my smart

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