I am and will probably always be the last person to grab onto a trend. I will never be part of the group that has to have the latest this or the newest that.
I don't have a smart phone, an iPad, an e-reader or a laptop. That's right, I don't own a laptop. It took me until June 2010 to upgrade my phone to a Blackberry and that was just because I wanted a phone with a QWERTY keyboard. Both my son and daughter have "better" phones than I do. My daughter has an iTouch, while I still use my iPod Shuffle. My son has a laptop and my daughter will probably have one in September. I don't make them stay in the dark ages, but I'm quite comfortable there.
I don't really have any reasoning behind it, it's just that I don't care enough to be part of the crowd. If it means that I have to be seperated from my money, I think twice. Do I really NEED this thing? Is it really necessary to make my life better? Isn't the one I have good enough? It's not that I'm cheap. I spend my money on things that I really want (i.e. nice shoes, good wine) but to spend dough on stuff because it's the newest thing ... that's just not me.
I bring this up because for the past few years my eldest has been trying to convince me to upgrade the television in the living room. During that time, he has purchased two flat screens for his bedroom (the first one broke after a while), and I've been quite content with my regular tube television. It works so what is the big deal? Finally, yesterday after yet another sales pitch from my kid, we went and picked out a new flat screen. He hooked it all up for me and the picture is beautiful. True Blood in HD is amazing. Okay, the television enhances my viewing experience but do I really need to be sitting in front of the television that much? **shrugs**
I don't regret the purchase. It's a really nice television and now my kids don't feel like they are so far behind the times.