Is technology in your world making you go a little nutso?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

BlackberryIs technology in your world making you go a little nutso?

I'm as connected as the next REALTOR or techy out there with SmartPhones, Laptops and such. But the reliance on technology when it fails drives people's emotions out of control. Patience evaporates if technology gets in their way.

On this Active Rain network with some recent outages you would have thought some bloggers lost water, electric, heat and satellite TV to their homes. What a bunch of cry babies. I know a true addiction when I see one.

Checking emails on my iPhone next to a locker at a fitness center an older gentleman asked if I would get out of his way with the playing of my toy. Another "agitated" woman banged on my car window at a gas station when I took a couple of minutes to respond to an email on my Blackberry and wondered when I would be using the pump.

Geez. Can I get off this planet? I do admit that most of my latest frustrations have not been with the market, or with other people, but with technology getting me in trouble or taking from President Bush's latest escapades, I wanted to "throw a shoe at it."

Are you feeling the same "I'm wound up as tight as I can with this technology stuff lately?" I don't think this body or mind can go much faster. And this Twitter thing. Do we need to be connected "that fast" with micro blogging ALL the time?

What's YOUR take on technology? Are you hanging in there with it? Or do you want to head to that other planet where things might be going at a slower pace? I think the genie is out of the bottle. And if you haven't learned to text fast with your thumbs yet, you better get to practicing on it.

If not, I'm warming up the spaceship, and I'll save you a seat. Do you want to come along for the ride?




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Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Gary:  I must confess that my AR addiction got the best of me recently when I kept getting a proxy error ALL day long, did I mention ALL day long!  LOL  I tried to ride it out though.  As for that other planet, I actually escaped to Blue Ridge Georgia on this planet where things move at a slower pace.  Heck, we are just now trying to get past Prohibition and allow the sale of alcohol here.  Friendly town, friendly people who actually speak to you and not through some gadget.  Strange huh?!  LOL  If Blue Ridge suddenly finds itself in the 21st Century, I may need to make a reservation on your spaceship.

Dec 16, 2008 12:19 AM #46
Marianne Snygg
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Monument, CO

Great post! Lots of good comments here. As for me, I don't fall apart when AR's down. I don't Twitter from my phone (only my laptop). But when my phone (pda) crashes I go into total withdrawal! My phone is everything to me. It's a communication device, of course; a calendar; a networking list; tasks minder; memo taker; reminder list; instant messaging (with family); music (when needed); and GAMES! I use my games every time I'm in any kind of a holding the gas pump; at an appt; before a mtg begins; any time I have to wait. How did I ever wait for something or someone before my pda games???

My service provider says it's time for me to trade up for another phone...I don't think so. I've never been so attached to an inanimate object! I think I need help!

Dec 16, 2008 03:07 AM #47
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

I find that the older I get the slower I am to warm up to new technology and be comfortable with it.


Dec 16, 2008 03:14 AM #48
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I love computers, but I'm not sold on mobile stuff. Maybe the fact that anywhere in my town is no more than 10 minutes from my office makes a difference. But I don't always answer my cell phone, and I don't check email on it (or on my wi-fi enabled Palm unless I am out of town). I think the key is not letting the technology control you.

Dec 16, 2008 04:46 AM #49
Peggy James
EXIT Realty Associates - Woodbridge, VA
Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist

Hi Gary,

Love your post! However I refuse to text or email while driving. My life means to much to me!!!!

That said, I can tell my life got a lot less stressful when I got my iPhone. Now at least I can leave my house without worrying if I'm going to miss a clients email. The fact I can search MLS and send forward addendums from the iPhone helps as well. Google doc's in a God send.



Dec 16, 2008 06:01 AM #50
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thanks readers!! This little mini-rant on frustration of me with technology must have hit a chord with many of you because you all have so eloquently stated your case about how you handle technology.The point I think for many of us, don't let it swamp out the many other important things in your life, like who you are having lunch with one on one, or answering a phone call in the middle of dinner, or never coming to bed because of too much email. Work to have patience with it when it doesn't work, and use it as a tool and not let it consume your being. Thanks for all your previous and continued comments. I hope you are enjoying the discussion, I am.

Dec 16, 2008 06:10 AM #51
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Gary - I want a seat on the spaceship....Your mini-rant is probably how most of us feel some of the time....slightly overwhelmed, but not able to stop the process.  So we keep on learning as fast as we can, and go on strike occasionally.  You have more toys than I do which means your steps ahead!  I always weigh the ROI for my market.

Gail MacMillan Titusville FL Real Estate

Dec 16, 2008 08:09 AM #52
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Gary - Technology is constantly changing and it is hard to keep up with it all.  When I am out with clients I will not answer my phone for I feel it is rude.  In life, you can always overdo everything. The secret is balance in all you do.

Dec 16, 2008 10:20 AM #53
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Hi Gary, I sometimes wonder when I'm supposed to have time to actually work with real live people!  Too much emailing, texting, blogging...... My mom sold real estate back in the good old days before cell phones, computers and all the other necessary gadgets we have now.  People would either call her office and leave a message written on paper by the secretary for her to return when she came back or they might call our home phone occasionally.  She gets frustrated with me once in a while when I can't disconnect from everything while we're together.

Dec 16, 2008 12:06 PM #54

This is the first time I have ever read a blog - and it will be my last. I cannot imagine why you all waste your time reading and writing this stuff on a regular basis, it all seems rather pointless.

P.S. Please don't bother responding or complaing to me about my comment - I won't be reading it.


Dec 16, 2008 12:38 PM #55
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi GDM: I wanted to respond. You are right. Reading and writing in the blog format out in cyberspace CAN be pointless depending on the topic. I have felt that way many times. But it is like anything in life, meeting people, watching TV, going to school, a chance to share and learn and connect. YOU NEVER KNOW how it might turn out. On Active Rain there are some that will tell you about dying members of their family all the way to the neighborhood has a new hamburger shop opening. It is an EXPERIENCE first and foremost, with live humans sharing their daily existence. For that alone, I am very proud to be part of it. I would NEVER complain to you about your comment. In fact I WELCOME it. It is what makes blogging so enjoyable. It is discussion. It is conversation. Stick around you may like it. But to each their own depending on what you like in life. I personally welcome your voice GDM. Stay open in life. It is how we all continue to grow. Feel free to comment any time you please.

Dec 16, 2008 01:38 PM #56
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Gary, I'm catching up!  I've read your last 3!  Great stuff.  This one is my favorite!  I'm one of the addicts who bitched and moaned when I wanted to share my escapades in Atlantic City and Active Rain was acting up.  You are the best, my friend.

Dec 16, 2008 01:39 PM #57
Mindy & Jay Robbins
Robbins Real Estate - Dallas, TX
Expect Excellence from Robbins Real Estate

I used to text message at red lights...I stopped that.  I have practiced not using my phone at all while I drive.  Just to get a few minutes of peace and listen to the SPA channel on XM. 

Dec 16, 2008 02:48 PM #58
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Nice. As I try to use the tech stuff that best aligns with my goals I keep running into other emerging software that might be even better and then eventually end up with a selection overload. How about that? 

Dec 16, 2008 03:34 PM #59
AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author
Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide! - Marlboro, NJ
- The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results!

I'll admit Gary, I am addicted to my Crackberry Blackberry and ActiveRain is my other new addiction (according to my husband).

Btw, thanks for the comment you left on my blog. :)

Dec 17, 2008 11:40 AM #60
Heather Goodwin
Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission - Shreveport, LA
GoodWin Team Realty

Well, I do admit to being addicted to AR, but right now Facebook and Twitter are just nuisances that I feel I need to learn.  We'll see.

I wouldn't mind a ride on your spaceship - can I bring my Ipod? ;-)

Dec 17, 2008 12:00 PM #61
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Gary, I guess I am an exception and I love all things technology. It is really fun for me and I am getting faster on my learning curve. I suppose if I didn't love it so much I would go back to Open Houses and floor calls. NOT.

The only time I get upset is with computer problems. I know the AR issues will get fixed so they don't bother me at all. I am not addicted to AR anymore. I use to be and I love it but over the addiction thing. I comment and post when I get a notion too but don't feel the need to be here 24/7.



Dec 18, 2008 02:30 PM #62
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Gary - I came back to read the comments and wanted to say I admired the way you responded to the anonymous commenter.  Your words were true & clear and made sense.  KM

Dec 19, 2008 10:50 AM #63
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

We are all a little crazy-  texting or reading emails when driving is very dangerous.  Its really not worth it!

Dec 21, 2008 11:41 PM #64
Marianne Snygg
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Monument, CO

Gary, I loved your response to GDM. Way cool! I actually feel sorry for GDM, as they're not getting the opportunity to meet and enjoy all these wonderful people! And one of the nicest is yourself...I'm glad I blog here, and I'm glad I read your blog and all the comments on it, too. Happy Holidays, Gary.

Dec 22, 2008 02:51 AM #65
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