Heidi Moore is the Guardian\’s US finance and economics editor. Formerly, she was New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, from American Public Media
But perhaps it\’s time to grow up and break the cycle. To respect these thoughtfully created and designed devices for what they are: devices, not new gods to be worshipped. To understand that we should use electronics until they don\’t work anymore, not until we get distracted or bored by some other device. That would force companies to create better, more reliable products. It would also save us, as consumers, thousands of dollars in our budgets that we currently spend on serving our whims rather than on obtaining something great.
Because we\’re in the middle of one of the great technological revolutions you foolish cow.
What we can actually do with these devices roars on month by month. We are not in the fashion cycle, where wearing pink instead of beige marks you out as being a season or a year behind the curve. We are in the middle of a revolution that lets us go from GPRS speeds on a mobile to LTE on a mobile in under a decade. This isn\’t the change in the Cadillac\’s tail fins from model year to model year, this is akin to the change in engines from a Model T to a modern Bentley. And it;s as I say, happened in under a decade, not a century.