"Do you have an iPhone, iPod, portable DVD and or CD player?" No. I also don't have a cell phone, a Blackberry, a television, or a game console. I do have a computer.
I have nothing against someone having all those things but I don't need them. I do think the cumulative effect of television has been bad for the country.
Impressive, good stuff. I do have a mobile phone (no internet capability), no fixed phone, no portable electronic devices or computer games and I also confess to having a crystal set and two old valve radios from the 1930/40s and a motor cycle and two pushbikes. Almost every day I regularly play a little backgammon on a real physical board with pieces we have to move around a board, and dice we have to roll, and an opponent who sometimes pours me a cup of tea in the middle of a game.
I think, but am not certain, that part of the problem of deployment and implementation of much of modern technology is that it encourages various forms instant gratification, and not careful thought and consultation which is then followed by action. Quick is not necessarily better. It looks like many consumers are demands more data but less information. More is not better, but the call "quality, not quantity" does not strike a chord with most modern day consumers.
When I think of the many brilliant scientists who came up with clever stuff about things - gravity, flying, geometry etc. - and they did it with a piece of paper and a pen over their lifetime, amazing.
I agree most television is useless and even worse, and it encourages passive watching of stuff, which is then quickly replaced by more stuff, then more stuff leaving very little in one's head but a feeling of tiredness. Instant gratification, bah humbug, give me a book/a chat and a cuppa tea any day.