For TV-holics like me, the DVR, or digital video recorder, is one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century.
For those not familiar with DVR, it’s a programmable electronic device that allows you to record television shows.
Once recorded, the system’s database stores the shows, which can be viewed anytime.
The DVR also allows viewers to rewind, fast forward and pause shows in real time.
When I discovered the technology, I thought it was the answer to all of my TV problems. I never again had to sit through a ton of commercials or worry about missing my favorite shows.
To me, it was the ultimate invention of convenience.
The world of television as I know it is split into DVR users and non-DVR users. I’ve become so jaded from using DVR that I am genuinely shocked when I come in contact with a non-DVR user.
But with all its benefits, DVR users may still run into complications here and there.
Scheduling conflicts are one of those complications, as is often the case in my household.
For example, if my husband and I both schedule recordings for the same time it restricts us from viewing other shows in real time.
Then there is what DVR users have come to dub “DVR adultery.” This happens when couples plan to watch shows together and then one person watches the show without the other.
According to a recent survey, more than 50 percent of respondents said they have at one time watched a show without their significant other and lied about it.
In that respect, we can see how this form of technology, and many others, has become a fixture in popular culture. I predict that some day in the near future, DVRs will be a staple in every household.
Recently, I began to contemplate the theory of technology dependency. On any given day, I simultaneously use at least three separate forms of technology.
Just the other night, I went into my bedroom and immediately turned on the TV.
Moments later, I fired up my laptop and began to surf the Internet.
Shortly after that, I picked up my cellphone and proceeded to have a conversation with a friend, all while managing the three devices effortlessly.
So what does this mean? Am I dependent or do I simply find pleasure in the conveniences?
In this case, I accept the latter and reject the former.
I shudder to think what my life would be like were it not for the ever-evolving world of electronics.