I think it’s fair to say that I love technology. I’m a classic early adopter, wanting (and sometimes getting) the latest thing just because I can. I don’t think I’m a bandwagon jumper (although others will probably disagree), rather it’s the novelty of anything new that fascinates me and makes me want to play with it, own it. In this regard, the technology is the goal, the end product. There’s not necessarily a ‘point’ to owning the gadget - just owning it is the goal.
Well, that’s me personally. Professionally I see technology in a completely different light. Technology is not the goal, it’s merely a means to the end, whatever that end may be. Technology is helpful, a facilitator, a means of getting to the goal more efficiently or effectively. Technology is a tool. Of course technology can also be a hindrance, a time-waster; it’s about choosing the right technology (tool) for the job. In a nutshell, this is my job - picking the right tool for the job - the research, the prototyping, the cost benefit analysis, the side effects, the return on investment.
Although they appear at odds, I think my personal and professional demands on the technology that exists (or is yet to exist) complement each other. Both come from a desire to learn and experiment. And sometimes, the cutting edge technology that personally fascinates me is the right technology tool to reach a particular, professional end.
See also: "Why I love mobile tech", from my other blog.