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21st Century

25 Jun
A Phone Toy Story, ds200

A Phone Toy Story, ds200 (Photo credit: macattck)

I went with my mom to Goodwill on Saturday to see if we could find a used stroller, walker, and/or playpen for me for when my grandson is over. What we found was a little Fisher Price phone. The kind that looks like the old rotary dial phone. We got it. He already has a little phone that looks like a cell phone. When I saw it the first thing I thought was that kids from the newer generations have no real idea of what a rotary dial phone is. The joy of talking on the telephone while trying to unravel the cord. The sound of the number as it dials.

So the Daily Prompt for today is:

Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MODERN.

Texting on a qwerty keypad phone

Texting on a qwerty keypad phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I feel a bit lost sometimes. I have no idea of how the hell to use Twitter, though I have an account (at this moment I have no idea of what my user name is, lol). I can use Instagram but just barely. I have a smart phone that I don’t utilize all the functions for. However, most days I do wish I had a dishwasher. So I guess it just depends on what types of technology we’re talking about as to whether I think they’re really a convenience or just something that is driving us further and further into what I tend to think of as the “downfall” of modern technology.

I still remember when you had to get up to change the channel on your television. Or when putting your own music together was on a cassette and if the radio station had commercials you had to hit pause, or when microwaves and then VCR‘s first came out. So I guess there are some things I’m not comfortable with in the 21st century–so much has been lost in personal communication that there are times when even though we’re linked in, so to speak, I feel like there’s a link a missing. What happened to letters? What happened to talking to someone on the telephone instead of texting? Texting is impersonal, but I utilize it because it’s easier sometimes.

“Thanks for the coffee this morning.”  I texted to my husband, though if I were up on text lingo would probably be more like “Ty 4 coffee AM.” or something to that effect. I wonder if people realize how their texts really look to someone who actually pays attention to the difference between you, you’re, and your…

"Technology has exceeded our humanity"

“Technology has exceeded our humanity” (Photo credit: Toban B.)

I watched that show Revolution and immediately thought of how life would really be without all of this STUFF we’ve become so used to, some of which I don’t even know how to use yet, though my children do. If the bulk of technology went Kaput today I’d be okay. I’d have to find an iron pot (cauldron, lol) and a few other essentials, but I’d know how to cook on a fire, (even if I’m a bit rusty), and I’d be able to hunt and gather most of my own food, but what would I miss most? Hot water. Electricity. Indoor plumbing.

What would you miss most?

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in age, DPChallenge, Happiness, home, life, little things

 

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19 responses to “21st Century

  1. prayingforoneday

    June 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Great blog. I think we take it all for granted. Running fresh water, A toilet, things like that I think we would miss the most. The small things we do take for granted.
    And when Albert Einstein said that, it was like 1950 or something, look where we are now. The future has arrived.
    I am a PC Tech and MUST have all the new gadgets, Phones, Internet Tablets, Laptops, PC’s, you name it, 62 inch TV. My wife hates me. I would be LOST without the Internet and instant messaging. Example, when Michael Jackson died, he was still in his house when the news broke, on twitter we all seen pictures of the Ambulance arriving to his home. We live in an instant communication world now. I often wonder how Albert Einstein would view us now.

    Great blog, this should be 100 pages long when its done.

     
    • Lissa

      June 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

      My son is 25 and he has been learning how to use computers since he was 5. I was using them at work back in 1986 but they were nothing compared to one’s now. I would love to learn more about how to utilize the gadgets I already have, as well as newer ones, but to tell you the truth, it all changes so quickly that I can’t keep up. There are days when it seemed like we actually accomplished more before we had so much technology at our fingertips.

       
      • prayingforoneday

        June 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

        Yeah spot on.
        Things change so much so quick, Ipad’s seem to come out every other week. I think with PC’s, Laptops and now Tablets like Ipad’s and Samsung and the likes and also Phones that have more power than your 1986 Computer, the main thing to remember is, over time they just get smarter. All touch screen now, this is the new thing. There are computers a few years away yet that will be Hologram in nature. Apart from that, I think science will one day hit a wall with technology. I often buy a PC or Laptop that is “The best in the shop” to find out a Month later is now the 23rd best in the shop. lol

        And good your son had use of a PC so young. Both my Daughters 2 and 4 can both turn on my old laptop, find the bookmark they want and play games on the Disney/Nicelodian etc sites. It is amazing how kids pick this up so quick, but important also, because by the time the are ready to go and take on the world I think it will all be Technological, so learning Technology is a good thing. I am self Taught since the early 1990′s I can fix. and build Laptops and PC’s and strip Tablets and change things. I only learn this by breaking stuff and learning how to fix it so I didn’t have to buy again :-) lol

        And yeah I get what you mean by “We did more without all this technology” And you are right, it was all we did before that led us to have this technology..But I am a Gadget FREAK…A new TV came out that was also a Computer…Yeah, I bought it..It should have been £1,800 (I am from Scotland, UK) But I took a display model that was 10 feet up the wall for £600 or something. Amazing TV. I can link my TV Via Bluetooth to any device. So if I download a movie, I can watch it right through my TV. Watched the new Brad Pitt movie Word War Z a few nights ago.

        Technology amazes me, and I just have to have it..Dunno why. lol. All I know is when I walk in the house with a box Dawn *My Partner* just shakes her head and walks away mumbling :-)

         
      • Lissa

        June 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        I’m not real big on the all touch screen. I traded smart phones with my daughter because her’s has touch screen and a keyboard and mine was just touch screen. My son is 25, daughter 21, and they try to “school” me about the new stuff. My husband is into electronics as well, and we’re hoping to get one of those fancy new tV’s that is also a computer at Christmas time. Personally, I’d rather have a pool in my backyard, but we’ll see. LOL!

         
      • prayingforoneday

        June 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        I would rather have a POOL TABLE in the dinning room..But don’t tell Dawn… :-0

        x

         
  2. bluebeadpublications

    June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I forgot all about rotary phones! I had the toy one.

     
  3. purpleborough

    June 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Loved this post and the comments. I would have no problem going back to the 50′s.

     
  4. prayingforoneday

    June 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

    If you do NOT accept award, PLEASE pass this on to a friend.
    I would ask you accept this Award and Song:
    “The Shine on Award”
    http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/shine-on-award-4/

    Kindest Regards.
    More love, Less Hate
    Shaun

     
  5. prayingforoneday

    July 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Question…
    Have you stopped blogginh?
    I have seen the toy phone now for weeks..
    Am I looking in the right place..

    Let me know plz
    Ta

     
    • Lissa

      July 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

      I’m still blogging. Just have been in much pain, and then when not in pain really busy trying to find a job. I’ll be putting a post up today.

       
      • prayingforoneday

        July 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        Sorry to hear about the pain..
        Glad you are still around .. :-)

         

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