How Our World Has Changed!
Tech is changing the way we do everything!
I remember my childhood. I spent most of it outside. We rode our bikes, played in the dirt. We had an old play house and if you got in before the bees came, it was fun to play in, however, not so much afterwards. We played kickball, wiffle ball, tennis, card games, dress-up, telephone, and we had a rock that we thought of as a stage and held shows. I went to camp, where we sang songs, created bad art, and learned how to cook. It was a magical time for us. The sky was the limit, and our imaginations could take us anywhere. We played outside when weather permitted and inside when it did not. We went sledding, skiing, skating, and snowshoeing in the winter. We stayed outside until it got dark, and in the winter that was around 4:00. In the summer we could spend all evening outside until 9:00 or so.
I remember my first “video game” that I had was Q*bert. I learned how to “type” not “keyboard.” We had rotary phones with cords. I can still remember my mom calling our fridge an “ice box.” We used to go to the drive-in theatre and have the paper delivered every day. We even had a milkman. That was when I was very young. And everyone knew each other, and cared about each other.
I remember seeing my first car phone; and only really rich people had them because they were very expensive, however, they still looked like a regular phone only in a box on your console in your car. I remember the first cell phones that were so big they looked like shoe boxes. Now technology seems to have gotten smaller. Everything is very tiny. The parts to my cell phone could fit on a pin head. Yet my phone is lightyears away from an old cell phone that I had that had no camera and was only a phone.
When I was growing up I didn’t have a computer to do my homework on. I had to actually physically go to the library and look things up. We had a whole system of looking things up and writing them down, going to the stacks and taking the book down from the shelf, and then looking through the book to find what you wanted to write in your paper. The art of finding a good book is dying, heck books are dying; everything you can read is now on your tablet or phone. I still like reading books. There is nothing like the smell and feel of a new book. Going to the library was and is one thing that I really liked to do.
I remember when I was in high school, and the first computers were coming out. They didn’t do much. You had to program them. As I went through college and into grad school, they started doing more and requiring you to do less programming. I have classmates in high school that learned computer programming. At the time it was a lucrative career choice. Now computers have gotten smaller with larger screens and do more, and have much more in the way of graphics and memory.
I can remember the first time I went online. It took forever, but it was really cool. It made long distances seem very short. You used to send people a letter that took almost a week to get to you. Now you hit a button on your computer and it’s there almost instantaneously. Although there is something to be said about getting a letter. You can really personalize it. You can be very creative with it dressing it up with all kinds of things. You can write in crayon, marker, pencil, or pen. Now, they tell me you can do the same with a computer, but I don’t know how to do that. My niece and nephews who grew up with technology probably know, but I don’t.
Even landlines have changed. When I was growing up we had a phone with a cord. It was rotary dial. Now I have a cordless phone and no rotary dial. And I have a cell phone, which I don’t really use as a phone, it’s more for my email, camera, and Facebook. I do use Instagram but not that much. And I have never really tweeted, I never really got into that. But I do love my cell phone, I prefer my landline for telephone calls though. Somehow I have a hard time hearing on my cell phone.
Now my phone is my camera. I remember when cameras had film in them and you used to have to have to have it developed. You would drop it off at CVS, and have to wait about a week and go pick up your pictures. You had to pay extra to get two copies. Nowadays you just upload them to Facebook and everyone can see them.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Apple fan. I have an iPhone and two iPads. I love my technology. I use them daily, I use a computer when I work. In fact, I am writing this on a computer, and I am going to send it in to the website on my computer which is hooked up to the internet. Looking back, it didn’t take that long for technology to ramp up. It was the 80s and 90s where tech took off. And look at us today. Talking about artificial intelligence and all kinds of things that weren’t possible when I was a kid.
The world is still full of possibilities, and the sky is still the limit, and we can let our imaginations run wild. We just do it now with way cooler toys! But don’t forget that the outside is still there and that running, jumping, acting goofy with your friends is still an option.