Have technological advances over my lifetime made my life complicated? The answer to this question is yes. Looking back throughout my life, I went from black and white television to 3-D, boiling water to using the microwave and party telephone lines to cell phones. The availability of home computers is a complete article all of it’s own.
Technological advances have made the ease of turning the television off/on and changing the channels as simple as pushing a button on the remote. This is definitely different than manually moving from your chair to the television and having to manually pull a button out and pushing it in to turn the TV off/on and turning a knob to select one of the three to seven channels available. Frustration mounts when the remote is lost! Changing the channels is impossible! I vote to petition the manufacturer’s of the television to provide an easily found channel changer and off/on button to alleviate this headache.
Microwave ovens are convenient but utterly frustrating when using one that is not your own. Each one has it’s own little tricks. Just turning it on to warm a simple cup of coffee can take more time than if a new pot was brewed or it was heated on the stove top. Such simple tasks we seemed to do prior to the microwave.
I learned how to use a rotary dial telephone and had to speak with an operator to make a long distance call. Now we have cell phones and very few home cordless phones. There was once a time that getting away from the phone and life was leaving the house and simply going for a walk or to the store. Now, everywhere you go you hear a multitude of cell phones ringing. The annoyance of the rings symbolizes the importance each person places on their availability to others. I simple prefer to leave my cell phone at home and forget the stress. What happened to the simpler times?
Still speaking of cell phones, each time a new one is purchased a new learning curve develops. There are new buttons, menus and capabilities. My frustration sets in for a good week after I purchase a new cell phone. I’m behind times because I have a Blackberry, which is old school. I literally hated the phone for over three months because it was so complicated. A phone is a phone! What is the reason for Internet when the writing is so small you need a magnifying lens to read it or when it is enlarged, you have to scroll across the page to read the information? I would much prefer just having a cell phone that is a phone! Who needs the camera, Internet, e-mails, music and all the apps?
These are but a few of the technological devices that have made my life more complicated. Other items that cause frustration are computer programs, push button and electric cars, digital cameras, CD/DVD and Blue Ray players, electronic gaming systems and so much more. Is convenience worth the headaches for those of us old enough to remember simpler times?