I was fortunate to receive an iPad this Christmas! Then, a couple of weeks ago, I replaced my cellphone with an iPhone.
I absolutely love both items. But my new ownership is causing me to reflect on consumerism.
By owning such items, am I giving in to consumerism and commercial advertising messages?
It’s not a clutter issue, because I gave away two electronic items, and since I replaced a phone, I actually have less items now. But am I guilty of succumbing to the latest fad?
It’s true I probably wouldn’t have bought both items on my own. If I were traveling the world with a single suitcase, I think I could make do with just a laptop computer and my iPhone. But I still have a desktop computer. The iPad lets me get online much faster than my old computer, and with greater portability. I had planned to purchase a laptop but can postpone that purchase now for several months at least. The iPad will replace my Kindle when it wears out, since the iPad lets me read my Kindle books via an application. I can do online banking, watch movies and exercise videos, even do word processing (like this blog post!)
My iPhone has similar functionality, only smaller and therefore even more portable. I can check email, read a book while waiting in line, look up driving directions, etc. So far I am finding that this technology makes my life easier and more organized. So it has streamlined my life rather than complicating it further.
So what do you think? Can new gadgets have a place in a minimalist lifestyle? Or am I just rationalizing the acquisition of a shiny new toy?