As a long time fan of the Fox show 24….I am amazed at the technology they incorporate in the show. Is this fiction or a visualization of what’s to come? Being part of a generation which didn’t grow up with technology, I am sometimes astounded by it’s rapid growth and application usage.
Remember watching 3 or 4 channels on the TV and having to actually get up out of your chair to change the channel? Using rabbit ears or roof antenna to tune in the stations and always a hassle to at least get only a partial snowy picture. Oh how many hours were spent at the corner store testing which vacuum tube had burned out. Now with satellite dishes on roofs pulling in more than 200 channels and yet we still complain there is nothing to watch. Now with a TV larger than my wall, I wonder how I ever watched those small 19 inch screens! Unbelievable, movies on demand, Apple TV, Hulu – though in years past it was the drive-in theater, a treat for all although at the time which seemed expensive.
Telephones had cords and perhaps a party line? Yes I know I am dating myself! Having to call 411 information to obtain a phone number to call and ask the hours of my favorite restaurant. But wait! Now we have a phone called a cell phone, which allows calls anywhere in the world, email my friends, family and even Google to that restaurant. Pay phones to let your family know where we were while on a trip. Make sure you carry change! Folded paper maps instead of GPS.
Enjoying a great BBQ or picnic, going for a walk and spending time together? Now today, where don’t you take your laptop? Enjoy a vacation without checking in on Facebook every hour, texting or video games?
Technology is important in our lives and we use it daily; however, some basic aspects in life are being ignored and spending time together is just not as important. Potentially harmful to society. What do you think?