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Shiny things: we love them, we hate them and sometimes they ruin our day. But, what are shiny things exactly? In the IT world, it is any new technology or systems that aren’t useful, but very exciting.
New technology isn’t a bad thing, but there is always something new — how do you decide to implement this new technology or use the systems that are already in place? Generally, older IT people have had to update technology multiple times, so new, shiny things mostly mean more work than anything else. Or, some technology used to be so cool, but now serves no purpose.
With that being said, you can see why some older IT guys get a little cranky. Younger IT professionals may get excited about new technology because they have not had to install that new technology six times. Shiny things are fun, but can become less fun over time.
Although they can become less fun, shiny things are not completely useless. If you can make something look cool and have it function very well, then that is a huge bonus. When creating things for clients to use, you want it to look professional and put together. Something that looks good and feels good to a client is a good thing. So, making something shiny while still being functional is like putting the cherry on top of a moist piece of cake.
Shiny things go beyond just technology too. It can be the latest trend, the next best thing or a way to achieve some sort of status.
Let’s take AirPods for example. They have become a really popular item to show status, popularity or income. This has become such a sought after item, simply for the status that it brings. People have begun cutting the wires off of their wire earbuds, getting rid of all functionality whatsoever, simply to look the part.
We spend so much money and time on shiny things, when we should be really asking ourselves how our money could be better spent. Are there other things that would be a better investment for your money? Do you want this item or do you need it?
Appearance is important, but should not be the only reason something shiny is purchased. Look out for new, shiny technology and make sure you ask yourself if you really need it before purchasing.