Even more impressive than having the flashiest it technology, is paying someone to work that technology for you. Sure, having an iPhone (or whatever) before anyone else is something people brag about. It not only shows a certain level of affluence, but it also demonstrates some with-it-ness. But the real elites don't even have to think about technology. Take Woody Allen, for example, who in a Wall Street Journal interview yesterday said he has never once sent or received an email. He has an iPhone, of course, but his assistant works it for him. "Yes, I do carry an iPhone because I want to have a phone. But more important, on the iPhone my assistant put a few hundred jazz records, and when I travel and practice the clarinet I used to take all this equipment with me," he told WSJ's Rachel Dodes. You see, the highest of all tech status symbols, is not having to use technology at all.
Though we like to turn our gadgets into fashion accessories, spending sometimes lots of money to add cool kid cases, stripped down, technology is a chore. Even the fun parts require some sort of grunt work. Back to Allen, his iPhone represents pure leisure time. He doesn't have to do any of the annoying uploading or anything. He just presses buttons. "Now, I just have earphones and I can practice the clarinet effortlessly with this thing. I have never sent an email in my life. I never received an email. I have two buttons I can touch—the weather and the Huffington Post," he said.