How to Know When Your Tech Has Become Too Much of a Good Thing 

Some believe that there is no such thing as having too much ram. But that is a rather shortsighted outlook that doesn’t take the price of ram into account, or how much ram you can actually use. If you use less than 16 GB of ram at your most demanding, then 32 GB of ram is too much.

If you get that much, you are setting your money on fire with no return. Further, you are sacrificing battery life. And you will never recoup that investment upon resale.

The same is true for storage. Yes, it is actually possible to have too much storage. You might not realize that storage can be a trap. If you purchase a smartphone with the maximum storage, you will eventually fill it up with junk you don’t need and never look at again.

But you will be locked into that level of storage the next time you purchase a smartphone. It’s overkill. This is a common problem shared by tech geeks of all platforms. We tend to go too far without realizing it. And we infect others with this mimetic virus. Turning the dials up to 11 is wasteful and problematic in other areas. Here are a few examples:


Gaming

Gaming

Too much gaming can be harmful in the following areas:

  • The environment
  • Finances
  • Social life
  • Health

Running an overclocked, overstuffed gaming rig draws a lot of power. You end up spending too much money on your custom rig, and that is before calculating the cost of games. The time you spend in your gaming fantasy is time you can’t spend in the real world dealing with the people around you. And problems like RSI and carpal tunnel are common side effects of too much gaming.

When wrist, back, and neck pain set in from poor posture, many reach for opioids. It doesn’t matter whether they are illicit or prescription. These types of overdosing substances are easy to start and devilishly hard to quit. Gamers will either try to ignore the pain until surgery is the only option, or self-medicate.

Balance is what is clearly lacking in the lives of many gamers. It is only a matter of time before the addictive traits they demonstrate toward gaming are exploited by something even worse. No one is suggesting that video games are bad in and of themselves. What I am suggesting is that you stop and evaluate your involvement with gaming. Cut back if it is interfering with a real social life, work, time for more important things, and health.


Cameras

Cameras

How good of a picture do you really need to take? The best picture of your cat you can possibly take right now will look like garbage compared to the pictures people are taking on basic tech 10 years from now. No amount of money you can spend will change that fact. People with only a casual interest in photography are spending tens of thousands of dollars on gear that even pros don’t bother with.

The gear you need for casual vlogging is quite simple and affordable. But many people fall so deep into the rabbit hole that they buy cameras and lenses only used by sports photographers and motion picture makers. In the meantime, real movie makers are using smartphones to shoot award-winning films.

They are not even using the latest and greatest phones to make the latest and greatest movies. Before you order that $2,000 lens you don’t need, take another look at what can be accomplished with the camera tech you already have.


Social Media

Social Media

For many, social media has become their entire social life. They have never seen their closest friends as anything other than pixels on a screen. During COVID, we all experienced the world from the lockdown of a cramped room inside of a cramped apartment.

Now is the time to reclaim the true social experiences we once enjoyed. If it is easier for you to make friends on a computer than it is for you to make friends with people nearby, that could be a problem worth sorting.

Whether it is gaming, cameras, or social media, there really can be too much of a good thing.