A couple of months ago were met 7 years the appearance emergence of the iPhone. That was, for sure, one of those moments that change the evolution and habits of a generation. In this case I would say that even several generations.
Since that Jan. 9 to today, the evolution of mobile phones (that's just what they were until that day that went on to become smartphones ) has proved meteoric and unpredictable, even for the most optimistic. And is that seven years, speaking in terms of technology, is a true temporal universe. Compare features like RAM, processor speed, storage space or pixel density of the screen, it would be really unfair to those pioneers terminals in changing our lives. And yet, for those who are passionate about this world, it is something we can not stop ... to do our misfortune.
We constantly happens with any electronic device you have at home. In an endless battle to keep updated household appliances, look for the model that includes the latest technology in connection with a processing speed that does not make us impatient and the optimal size according to the type of gadget in question.
Actually, this is a recurring behavior over time, but this time we took to the extreme, especially with mobile phones.
The rate at which new versions of each operating system (especially on iOS and Android), and even the speed at which new operating systems appear (Firefox OS, Tizen, COS, etc.) are provoking true episodes of panic and frustration on developers at the thought of having to reprogram partial or fully all of their applications. Not to mention the appearance of multiple platforms of official (and unofficial) application delivery. Is different, however, the effect on users. Failure to have on your mobile terminal of the latest version of the operating system in question or specific application, is almost cause for anxiety. "Why has not my phone alerted me that there is new version and that one already has?". An anxiety that does not end at this point, unfortunately. It does not end there because we have moved from planned obsolescence to caused obsolescence. It's ourselves, and our "addiction" to be trendy, which causes the expiration date that manufacturers impose on their products is much greater than the lifetime of the device that we enjoyed.
Caused Obsolescence <<< Planned Obsolescence
Obviously, manufacturers are experts on these new patterns of behavior, and it is they who, in many ways, inoculate us early update virus without we realize it.
And there is yet a third factor in this complex equation: social networks. In the laudable desire to be well informed at all times, often just suffer intoxication of information (known infoxication, Mercedes Benz brilliantly explained). The feeling you get one after reading your 4 or 5 favorite Twitter technological profiles, your 3 best blogs and the 2 links your geek friend is passing for chat, is: "What? How? How much time has passed since the last version of X?". And start from scratch.
It's exhausting to feel so fragile before the relentless advance of technology. But it is at once so attractive and disturbing, it is impossible to resist the temptation to reset a thousand times to re-learn everything again. Impossible? Unbearable.