A digitized life is convenient but unreliable
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