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.
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…
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?
- Daily Prompt: 21st Century Citizen (dailypost.wordpress.com)