Posted by Julia Sogaard on 10:37 AM
So, I was thinking the other day about all the technological advances since I was little. I can't wait to talk to my grandkids and blow their minds when I tell them I'm older than the internet; although, I feel like the internet has been around forever. How old does that make me?
Anyway, it got me thinking about all the things my kids get to (or will get to) experience everyday that the average 80's (or even 90's) kid could never even imagine.1. Cell Phones. Man, I didn't get a cell phone until I was 17. It was the cool, new thing. It felt everyone around us was getting them left and right and my brother and I wanted to be in on it. Wanda came through and we got our PORTABLE phones! Success! I didn't have to call my friends houses and fear catching their parents, or worse... have to leave a message on the family answering machine. I could call them directly and talk about important things like which *NSync member was the hottest and whether or not we should go to Valleyfair or the mall. Man, those were the days.
|"Let's go to the mall, guuuurl!"|
|Don't be jealous, k?|
|Now a camera, computer, camera, calculator, notebook, calendar, and phone.|
(Side note: At like 15 or 16, my good friend, Jennie, was given a pink pager before we all collectively got cell phones and I was super jealous. Looking back, it seems so silly to give a teenager a pager. The only person that's really going to page them is their mom and even then, they had to go find a pay phone to call them back. Regardless... I wanted a pink pager, too, damnit! Jennie, you better still have that thing.)
2. Watching TV & Movies. My three-year-old will never know the rush of getting home in time to watch a TV show or having to actually drive to the video store to rent a movie and then paying the inevitable late fee for not returning them on time (because ain't nobody have time for that). He is just starting the grasp the concept of watching TV in real-time. I guess I'm totally the one guilty of perpetuating his belief that Dora and Diego come alive on TV when mommy says they should. I've recorded countless episodes of his favorite shows, making it so he can literally choose which shows he wants to watch at any given time. And now one step further, we have Netflix streaming on our iPad and iPhones. He can watch his shows literally everywhere. And here we thought we were all cutting edge when I was in middle school when Wanda put a 13-inch square-box TV in the backseat of the car on a road-trip so we could watch a VHS tape. Now, my boys can literally browse through thousands of show options and watch them without individually paying for each. R.I.P. Blockbuster. (Side note: remember the "back room" of the video store, where creepy men had to go out in public to check out their dirty stuff? Eew. Get yourself in check, man.)
|You tell 'em, Dawson.|
|Life before the Internet|
|What We're Like Now...|
While my generation grew up with social media and, for the most part, understand how to properly use it, the younger generation is coming in and ruining it for everyone. If you affix more than three or four hashtags to your picture, I immediately begin picturing you clutching your phone, checking it every 5 minutes, praying to see a red notification that four more people have liked what you posted. Hooray for empty validation! We're probably all guilty of this to a lesser extent, but damn... calm down.
(Editor's note: I would like to thank God for not allowing Facebook to be a thing when I was in high school. The End.)