do you make or consume? (or why I don’t like tablets)

 

I don’t like tablets very much. I didn’t like them when they first came out, and more exposure to them has done nothing to change my opinion for the better.

Yesterday, I read an article that ridiculed Microsoft for focusing on making a tablet with a keyboard, saying essentially that Microsoft didn’t know what tablets are for, which (according to this article) is to have fun.

I know a lot of people use tablets for fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but the primary thing I dislike about tablets is how hard it is to do anything on them.

The thing is, when I’m on a computer, I’m almost always making things. I build websites for a living, and write fiction on the side. For both of these endeavors I need a keyboard and a nice big screen and I need to be able to switch easily between a bunch of different programs.

I realize, though, that this is not how most people use computers anymore. Most people are online to consume. They read tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook and browse on Instagram. If they put something out there it is brief: a comment, a tweet, a share, a pin.

Increasingly, the people who make things on the internet are outnumbered by those who use what they build.

Which are you? Maker, or consumer?

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