Are we tech-savvy?

Well, according to Sony President and Managing Director Hiroaki Kobayashi we are:

“The Filipinos… lead the way for their Asian neighbors in embracing advancements in technology. In fact, their level of appreciation for key technologies resemble closely their American counterparts,” he said. (Source: Yehey)

Kobayashi-san apparently based this on the surge of camcorder sales, LCD TVs, and rear-project TVs.

Personally, I don’t think this is an appropriate measure of tech savvyness. I find it more a measure of marketing gullibility and the penchant for bragging rights. Sort of like the “mine-is-bigger-than-yours” mentality.

In fact, when I saunter around the applicance stores, I hear people say, “Ok itong TV, high-definition yan!” as if we can truly take advantage of HDTV in Philippines. I also wonder if they get equally disappointed when they view pirated DVDs in those monitors, with all the pixelation and artifacts (or worse, seeing silhouettes of people standing!), not to mention the lousy audio if pumped out of their home theater systems.

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  • “Ok itong TV, high-definition yan!”

    lol lol lol

    misinformed tech shoppers.

    satellite cable muna, and then HD. hehehe.

  • wrencelot

    ahhhh, no.. sadly some of us think of themselves that way, that just by having a cool gadget it’ll improve their social life and social status.. its like thinking that youre an architect just because you can make a straighline using a triangle, or you are an accountant just because you know that 4 is right after 3..

  • Antonieoy

    Of course, by our own standards we are.
    But definitely we are not by world standard.
    How could we if we don’t develop are own technology?
    We just wait for other country’s massed produced products before we could lay our eyes on it, to lay our hands is another quite long story.
    Majority of the Filipinos don’t know what they are missing, so when a ‘new’ technology arives on this shore they think it is the latest.
    If you don’t believe just checkout the bandwidth speed on our internet connections or the price/bandwith.
    How about the prices on portable dvd players. Check the prices from around the world on the net and compare it on the malls.
    And while on it check the choices, how many brands you could choose upon. Portable DVD’s are not even new technology but the prices here, as if it was just introduced yesterday.

  • Antonieoy

    Of course, by our own standards we are.
    But definitely we are not by world standard.
    How could we if we don’t develop are own technology?
    We just wait for other country’s massed produced products before we could lay our eyes on it, to lay our hands is another quite long story.
    Majority of the Filipinos don’t know what they are missing, so when a ‘new’ technology arives on this shore they think it is the latest.
    If you don’t believe just checkout the bandwidth speed on our internet connections or the price/bandwith then compare it with South Korea or Singapore or Europe and The United States.
    How about the prices on portable dvd players. Check the prices from around the world on the net and compare it w/ the mall’s.
    And while on it check the choices, how many brands you could choose upon. Portable DVD’s are not even new technology but the prices here, as if it was just introduced yesterday.

  • nightfall

    tech-savvy? not! maybe tech-monkey! just having a flashy ipod doesnt make you one.If we want to be tech savvy, we should learn more about the technology, not the kind where you know how to operate some flashy gagdets. Learn the basics,the bits and bytes..