I am only in my late twenties, but I have seen many changes in technology. Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other, how we shop, and how we conduct business.
For instance, I remember before cell phones, you had to use a pay phone if your car broke down. When I was in school, if you wanted to tell a friend or classmate something, you wrote them a note. Now students text during class. I didn’t own a cell phone until I graduated high school but now cell phone are more accessible to children and teens. There was a time when cell phones were just for making calls. However, now days we can text, listen to music, and check our social network accounts.
Before the popularity of email, instant messenger, and social networking sites you either called a friend, wrote them a letter or spent time with them face to face. I use to write letters or “snail mail” to friends. Now days, it seems that letter writing is the lost art form. When visiting a friend one weekend, someone asked how we met. She explained that we kept in contact through snail mail. They looked surprised and laughed at the comment.
I like the convenience of email and instant messenger, but I miss receiving a personal letter. I miss holding an envelope in my hands and anticipating what’s inside. If you wanted to reference your letter later you could always save it and store it in a keepsake box. On the other hand, you can save an email in your inbox but it just doesn’t have the same effect.
Technology has changed the way we shop for music and books. If you don’t have time to go to the bookstore you can just buy that book you have been looking forward to. In just a click of a button, you can download your favorite songs. Who would have thought that we would have iPods and MP3 players? When I was growing up I listened to music on a walkman or portable CD player. s use to be a pain because I would always needed new batteries. Thanks to CD carrying cases, it allowed you to carry several CD’s. With an iPod, you can just download all of your music and slip it into your pocket and go.