My first mobile phone was a Nokia 1611 — and I loved it. But my history teacher had something to say about it.
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The first mobile phone I ever owned was a Nokia 1611.
It did have a display, so it was possible to compose text messages and see incoming phone numbers, but that was about it.
Still, it had enough features to become a daily companion.
But ever since, I’ve also been mindful of the impact I allow new technologies to have on my life:
The Curse of Always Being Available
When my history teacher, the great but somewhat eccentric Sören Lokrantz, caught me texting during his class, he taught me a valuable life lesson.
He asked me:
“Jerry, throughout history, do you know what made slaves into slaves?”
“The fact that they were permanently available.”
I’ve since taken his advice to heart:
You can love new technologies all you want, but make sure you end up on the right side of the master / slave spectrum.
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