Last week, my friends and I were chatting about technology and youth. I never wanted to be the person that started a sentence with “when I was your age….,” but, well, I am. It really is amazing the way things progress in a lifetime. Age 17, I got my first credit card and my first cell phone. Mainly because I was driving and my parents wanted me to have these things for emergencies. How would they know I’d be eating a hoagie and crash into the bumper of a three-day-old car 4 feet from our house? Because they are planners, and for that, I thank them.
I was at a family event a few months back, and my 11-year-old cousin pulls out her cell phone and starts text messaging her friends from school. ELEVEN. At that age, I was just worried about not poking someone’s eye out with a snap bracelet, or regretting the POG trade I just made with the kid in my homeroom. Now, 5th graders are doing their homework on iPads, they are being taught not to text and drive, cyber bullying is an everyday term, and disc-mans are a thing of the past. It really opens up a whole new world of problems for America’s youth.
I can even remember thinking my dad was pretty cool because we had a car/bag phone. So when we saw accidents, we were cellularly obligated to pull over and call the police. A phone, in a bag, in the car?! Ironically enough, my father is still on the RAZR phone, so I guess his technological advances peaked in 95′. (Love ya dad!)
This got me to asking myself a lot of rhetorical questions. How did parents keep track of their children without these marvelous devices? You just assumed your kid was where they said they were. And just WAITED to hear from them on a land line?! Seems crazy.
Not to mention the apps. How did people know how far they were running without the Nike + iPod app? How do you pick a place to eat on the weekend without Urban Spoon? How did people know when to use the bathroom during movies without RunPee? I don’t have the answers, but I’m glad I have access to these glorious life assistants.
In the words of my grandmother “it was a different time.” Life must seem like a foreign planet to her. She is from the “we don’t lock our doors, let the kids walk to school alone, it was 30 cents to see a movie” era. In a way, I’m jealous. Now I have to be concerned about bath salt snorting crazies eating my face, people knocking my iPhone out of my hand at the train station (Leah) and having to live with NOT drinking and taking naps at work (Mad Men).
Can I say I miss the days of AOL? The sweet sound of the dial up as it connected and you prayed for e-mail? The ability to tape music right off the radio and make mix tapes for your friends? Having to watch TV live when it airs because TiVO/DVR didn’t exist yet? Maybe a little, but then I turn my house lights off thru my iPhone, and I’m over it.
I came across this image and it made me laugh, so I’m sharing because it’s SO TRUE!
Today’s music comes from LP — the song is Into The Wild. There is whistling — that’s a thing now, yes? Listen now, you’ll see it in a commercial shortly, of this, I am sure.
♫ Into The Wild – LP http://spoti.fi/L31i46