I remember a time before cellphones, computers, and video games. These memories remain ever clear in my mind. As, a kid and even a teenager I never imagined the way technology would not only change my life, but also, the world.
When I was 8, I got my very own record player for Christmas. It was by far the best Christmas present ever. When I was 16, I had an 8 track player installed in my car, and that alone made my car the one to go cruising in, since I was the only teenager around with one in my car. Since that time I’ve upgraded my music to cassette’s, C D’s, and MP3 player’s. Now there are I-Pods, Cellphones, you can also play music on your computer, video games, and DVD player. All things I never imagined, yet I use these things daily to listen to my song lists, as a matter of fact I am listening to them as I write this. I also can listen while in my car, doing chores, taking a walk, and on and on.
Phones are another thing that have changed immensely since I was a kid. We had a big black phone attached to the wall in our kitchen, it had a cord from the phone to the handset, a rotary dialer, and a party line. You had to stand against the wall or next to it to speak to people. There was no privacy as people walked by you consistently while you were talking and since you couldn’t move unless you hung up, you just dealt with it. If no one was around to answer your phone, you never knew you had missed a call, as there was no voice mail or caller Id. Now just about everyone has a cellphone. I use mine more for texting than talking. I honestly don’t know how I managed before my cellphone came along. With all the sports my daughter is in it’s nice not to have to sit & wait for the bus to arrive from where ever she was playing or running track that evening. I drive to where ever it is she has her game or event and get home sometimes an hour ahead of the bus. She just texts me when they get close to the school and then I run and pick her up.
Memories of board games have entered my mind! I used to sit and play them for hours on end with my brother’s and when I had friends over with them. My three favorites used to be Monopoly, Clue, and Life! Now it’s all about video games. Honestly, I don’t play video games. My 15 yr old daughter does though and I constantly hear the sounds of music coming from her Guitar Hero! The music itself is nostalgic for me as most of it is from and era of my teenage years. I recently saw an add for a new video game that’s out about war called Call of Duty: Black Ops! It brought back memories of how my brother’s and I used to take they’re little green army men outside and make little forts from rocks and then throw rocks till all the little green army men were knocked over, the winner of course was the one with the last man standing! Yes, no T. V. needed kids. Just imagination and creativity of our own making.
The computer has replaced so many things I used as a child, that I’m not even sure where to begin. My Grandma, ( God rest her soul) was like the big sister I never had when I was a teenager. I could tell her anything, and she always gave me good advice and never judged me. She lived in WI and I lived in MI, so in order to communicate with her I wrote her letter’s and she wrote me back. The anticipation of waiting for that letter to arrive was excruciating! The day it came though was the best! I am so happy that I still have those memories of her. Now everyone sends e-mail, yes, even myself. It’s so much quicker and more effective, because you get a response so much sooner.
When I was a kid dinner was always at the kitchen table at the exact time every day! We would all be finished and had everything cleaned up, so we could all sit around the TV for the evening news with Dan Rather. That’s how we got our news. Because of my busy lifestyle, I now get my news every time I log on, by looking at the news links on my Yahoo! page. If I see news I want to read more about I click on the link. Once in awhile in our hectic schedule’s we get the chance to watch the evening news. Those night’s are far and few between.
In grade school and high school when I needed to write a report I would go to the set of encyclopedia’s we had to do my research. Then write my paper. Now it’s all about Google. If the paper I was writing was about something current I used the evening news or went to the library to look through newspaper’s. Between my daughter and myself, we use Google many times a day. While writing my paper’s as a kid if I didn’t know how to spell a word I used a dictionary. Now I either look up the word in an on line dictionary or use spell check.
In high school I took a typing class on an actual typewriter. Now they have keyboarding, word processing, and computer classes starting in the 7Th grade. At least they started in the 7Th grade when my daughter was in the 7Th grade. Maybe they start sooner now.
While I have many great memories of all the above mentioned, I would be lost without most of these things I have now. My computer not only allows me to write and publish these articles, but it also allows me to stay close to my sister’s, brother’s, grown and out of the house children, cousins, my mom, and my aunts. My cellphone is a must have to keep up with my daughter and husbands schedules.
I am in my mid 40’s and life has changed immensely, in the last 30 yrs due to Technology. With new gadget’s coming out everyday, I’d be quite interested to see how life will change in the next 30 years. Who knows maybe I’ll see the Jetson’s lifestyle before the end.