Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kids these days can't imagine a world without technology

The other day I was talking to Gaby about how her grandpa's son looked so much like her grandpa when he was young. Gaby was already tucked into bed and I say: "Gaby, I think I know where there is a picture of Grandpa when he was young, let me get it for you" and she replies with: "I'm not going back there!" Going where? That's when I realized that she assumed that I was talking about a digital picture in my computer. That's when it struck me that this generation associates Digital images with pictures, MP3's with music, they cannot imagine life without technology, they cannot remember when there was no internet, or Ipods, or cellphones for that matter. I can remember the first time Music CD's came in the market and how excited I was to buy my first CD, this was a breakthrough in technology to me. No more worrying that your cassette player would eat your tape and ruin your cassette. With the birth of DVD's there was no more rewinding! Be Kind Rewind! Do you remember that?

I remember the first time I used a computer, I was 18 and I was in college. I remember being so amazed that I could search anything I wanted and I could find it within minutes in the internet. No more going to the library to search the encyclopedias for what I needed to find. I hated encyclopedias.
I also owned my first cell phone in my 20's, and they were only capable of making calls, nothing more.

I remember LP's and 45's, Black & White TV's, TV antennas that were attached to the roof of the house, Atari, Walkman, Beepers, Cassette Tapes, and Rotary Phones, VHS/VCR's, Drive In Theaters, the days when I needed to use a typewriter or a word processor to do my homework. No computers.

It is surprising how kids these days have such a different perspective than the ones we used to have, and it's great, the advances in technology have gone very far, and I'm sure that my future grand kids will live in a different world as well with even more advancements.
I love the way technology is going, and I can't wait to see what they come up with next. I am so glad because if it wasn't for technology I wouldn't be writing this and sharing it with you today.

What do you think about technology and what things do you remember from the olden days when the technology wasn't as advanced?


  1. Great article .. altouhg i woshed i had the same positive and optimistic view on technology as you.. i sometimes find it scary how people are often tied to machines..reminds me of the matrix movies lol is true, you can share many things.. but i see it as a double edged sword..i think it all has to do with balance.. embracing technology without losing our humanity.. technology and the way children and people in general are attached to it nowadays scares me a little bit..

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  3. Great post! I find the internet and its associated gadgets a bittersweet concept. As useful as they all are, they also have some consequences if people are not cautious about the way they use them!
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