I wonder what it would be like without technology?

Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

I wonder what it would be like without technology?

What would I become without technology? Or what HAVE I become with technology?It's unfathomable, isn't it?

I mean think about it!

As I sit here, early in the morning getting ready to head out to catch a flight back to the West Coast, again, surrounded by cords, battery chargers, 2 cell phones, and my laptop, it hit me.

What would I do without technology?


First of all, think about how much quieter it would be. Cell phones have got to be one of the noisiest toys around, between calls, voice mail messages and text messages, plus people talking on them in loud voices, oblivious to who is having to listen to them. And you hear one of the 40,000+ ringtones practically everywhere you go, 24/7. Who makes up all that stuff anyhow?


Here's a biggie. Who hasn't frantically searched for an empty receptacle to plug in that battery charger for the cell phone or laptop before it died while traveling? Or run for that last seat at the conference along the wall by an outlet before someone else grabbed it so your laptop and phone wouldn't die before you did of boredom.


How much do YOU spend on technology?Just think about how much money you spend on technology! Do you know? Really? There are the big ticket items, like laptops and iPads. And cell phones. And numerous other gadgets. And iPhone apps. And websites, and URLs. The list is endless, and I could buy a new car and take a trip around the world for what I spend on technology every year. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean.


Let's face it, technology, despite claims it makes like easier, is pretty darn stressful. It's mostly because of all the times it doesn't do what it is supposed to do when I want it to do it, which is most of the time. Between dropped calls and crappy cell phone coverage, laptops that crash, websites that don't load, inordinate amounts of spam, equipment that is obsolete before you get it out of the box, viruses, and other weird stuff that certainly only exists to cause aggravation and provide job security to IT professionals, I know my blood pressure would be normal if I didn't have to deal with this nonsense. And all those swear words I picked up in high school and college would soon be forgotten. 


Do you carry more than 1 cell phone?Do you realize how many articles are written here about technology or gripes about it? New apps for the iPhone...new website providers...new lead generators...new automating products and services...new gadgets. The list goes on and on. Oh, and all the articles people write COMPLAINING about others' use or non-use of technology, and who's spying on who or violating so and so's privacy, and sharing annoying photos (guess who?!). Whew! Imagine all those unawarded ActiveRain points.

Woah - even AR wouldn't exist. Imagine!

Well, gotta go. Just got a TM my flight is boarding soon so have to pack up all these cords and gadgets. Sure hope they have Wifi on the plane. It's a 5+ hour flight. I'll go nuts without technology for that long.


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Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV
CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com

When I first went into real estate I wrote 1 Page Offers ona  typewritter with Carbon Paper!

The three offices in town would call each other and tells them about their new listings!

Technology ... Yep I'd say so!

Jun 08, 2011 02:44 AM #1
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Good morning Jeff. I recently found out when we were in Kauai last week, and my cell phone went completely dead - and with it, all my contacts and email access. My laptop had already petered out before we left, so I ordered an Ipad2 to replace it.  You guessed it - it didn't arrive till the day after we left.  I connected to my email account through my husband's phone, but still had no client info.  I had to just accept fate and enjoy Hawaii. Imagine that?

Jun 08, 2011 02:45 AM #2
Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

When I bought my first house in the early 80's, my agent had me select listings from a telephone book sized tome that the MLS published every other week.  It was forbidden for consumers to take them home so I had to go to the office, sit there and page through areas and price ranges to find what I wanted to see.  Repeat as needed until you bought a house.  I'll take technology!

Jun 08, 2011 02:52 AM #3
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I remember when fax machines first came out.  I could not understand why anyone would need that type of technology. Now, fax machines are almost obsolete! Not really, but we don't use them near as much as scanning and emailing.

Jun 08, 2011 02:55 AM #4
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures

There is good and bad to it that's for sure.  Overall I think we are better off with it but seems like business is less personal

Jun 08, 2011 03:54 AM #5
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

I'm with you Jeff!  Yesterday, my printer went on the fritz, my laptop kept crashing, and for some reason my cell phone wouldn't open up attachments in my email!  Have a great flight and welcome back to CA...

Jun 08, 2011 04:21 AM #6
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I remember life BEFORE cell phones.  One could actually spend time in the car DRIVING and listening to the radio.  You didn't have to worry that some idiot would wander over in to your lane because they were talking on the phone or texting!

Jun 08, 2011 04:59 AM #7
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Jeff, all that buzzing, beeping and chirping along with green, yellow, red and blue LEDs glowing in the dark adds to all the comforts of home.  All we need to remember now is green is good, red = bad, and audibly, one = good, any more than that means there's a problem.     

Jun 08, 2011 05:04 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lisa - ha ha. Well I wasn't in RE back then but I remember buying a home that way. We have come so far.

Karen - ugly stuff for sure. It really makes you realize how dependent we are on technology.

Robert - oh yes, I remember buying a home that way.

Cindy - yeah I remember them too, with the old rolls of paper. And do you remember the first cell phones? They were the size of bricks!


Jun 08, 2011 06:19 AM #9
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com

A little story on technology. An inner city woman won a small lottery ticket. She had numerous children and worked three jobs to keep then fed and clothed. When she won the lottery ticket she bought every labor saving device there was. In the evening she would start the dishwasher, the clotheswasher and whatever else she had to. While the machines were running she wouldn't let the kids walk or talk. She was listening to herself "not working."

Jun 08, 2011 06:41 AM #10
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


And if you think about it, when we were kids, tape recorders, TV and radio were high tech. I remember when the first cell phones came out...big as bowling pins. Now we depend on it all the time, cannot live without it, yet it sure does create more than its share of stress too.

Jun 08, 2011 06:52 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff unfortunately I remember the not so good old days of no technology.  It had its share of stress, the phone calls that you had to wait to get back to the office to make, unless you wanted to be in the parking area of some gas station, at a pay phone with your papers flying all over the place.  Typing quotes on a typewriter and almost ripping through the paper because of the number times I had to erase my mistakes.  I could go on, but that is enough of an example of how much fun I use to have.  And the Internet, fast was being able to see a complete word come up on the screen instead of one letter at a time.  Costs were another area that was not so cheap.  A basic desk top fax machine was well over $1,000, I paid $1,400 for my first one, and before that was sit and wait for snail mail to arrive.

NOPE give me the stress and costs of today, and someone else can keep the good old days :) :) :)

Jun 08, 2011 08:41 AM #12
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

I think the benefits and drawbacks to technology make a long, long list - and I'm not sure which side is longer.  But I know when we traveled out of the country and I - gasp! - left my cell phone at home, it was sure a relaxing, peaceful time!  

Jun 08, 2011 11:24 AM #13
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

If I let my droid phone sit for 30 minutes without a call in or out, it butt dials someone for me - random numbers from my call log.  Not the last person who called or the last person I called.  Random.  I cannot tell you how many times it happens lately.  I think Verizon has a hamster on steroids or something.  Or maybe one of my ex husbands works there.

Jun 08, 2011 06:49 PM #14
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I think I remember what it was like without technology.  Are you too young to remember?  I still remember the old mimeograph machines, stencils and carbon paper.  It was a much simpler world.

Jun 08, 2011 06:50 PM #15
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Jeff-I know for sure that technology has made life or completing tasks easier, however, the only thing that stopped me from throwing this laptop or other devices out of my second floor office window (at times) is the replacement cost and window repair.

Jun 09, 2011 08:58 AM #16
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Oh man...I hear you! It's a love/hate thing with me and I am also a "little bit" addicted. We were in the Virgin Islands last month and my wife kept laughing at me for posting pictures to Twitter and Facebook...from the beach ;-O 

Jun 09, 2011 09:47 AM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Oh my, I wonder what would life be like?  There would be quiet time, there would be more sleep, more conversation. But then I would never have met you!

Hope you had a good flight and that  WiFi was working!


Jun 09, 2011 01:29 PM #18
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


I too often where I would be without technology and what a change it has made in my life

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