This weekend, while having a family bonding time, I day dreamed and visited memory lane. I day dreamed about years past, when I was growing up, until I ended up growing old. I compared what my son has these day, to what I had when I was his age. The comparison is so great. Especially when it comes to technology.
As I was growing up in the 80’s, your household was considered well off, if you had a CRT Television, a refrigerator, and a mobile phone. We all had those, and during those times I thought that this was the state of the art, and it would take half a decade for this type of appliances to be obsolete. Boy, was I wrong. Just to illustrate what we had then, are some photos for comparison. The mobile phone then, was the military type mobile phone. It was chunky, cumbersome, and heavy, and the only function it had then, was to make and receive phone calls. Our refrigerator was the old type fridge, that kept food fresh, made ice, and made drinks cold. The television during those times was the Cathode Ray Tube type of television, you could watch your favorite television programs. Then in school, we had a pen and notebook, for taking down notes in class.
When I was finishing college, technology began to upgrade itself, things became smaller, lighter, energy saving, and supposed to offer more features than the old type of appliances. During this time, the mobile phone became more compact, such as the Motorola Star Tac, which makes and receives calls and send and receive SMS (Short Messaging System). Then they offered a “No Frost” refrigerator, to offer a no mess, no clean feature to housewives. Then came the advent of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and the LED (Light Emitting Diode) type television, offer a lighter more compact, brighter screen, more crisp sounds, and feature laden TV viewing. Our traditional notebooks, were replaced by the PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), such as the “Palm/Palm Pilot PDA,” which not only offered the function of a notebook of jotting down notes, but also has a calculator, games, calendar, alarm, can remind you of appointments, and can fit in the palm of your hands, hence the brand name “Palm/Palm Pilot PDA.”
Now, technology has again upgraded itself again. Offering us all the comforts of our past appliances, plus more. The mobile phones has become lighter, more compact, and more feature laden. You can not only make and receive calls, send and receive SMS (Short Messaging System), you can also play games, send and receive e-mails, browse the internet, it also reminds you of appointments, has an alarm clock, makes you connect with friends through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., it also saves you a ton of money through internet telephony services, such as Skype, iMessage, Viber, What’s App, etc. Then Smart fridge arrived, offering to keep your food fresh, make ice, make your drinks cold, energy efficiency through inverter technology, add vitamins and ions to your food to keep you healthy, show you the temperature for the day, inform you of the traffic situation for your commute to work, get the latest news, and tell you what groceries you need to buy to replenish the stock on your fridge. After the Smart fridge, the Smart TV also appeared, giving you more in depth colors, more vibrant sound, is more compact, energy efficient, can connect to the internet, you can check your email, connect to social media, search for information of your favorite shows, and download movies or television shows. The Palm/Palm Pilot PDA has been replaced by the iPad, as the tool of choice for schools. With the iPad, you can jot down notes, play games, has a calculator, take photos, shoot videos, send and receive e-mails, update your status in your social media, connect to the internet, watch movies/shows/videos, listen to music, and play musical instruments.
So the comparison of what I used when I was studying then, to what my son is using now in his studies, is such a huge gap. Technology has brought about changes in the lifestyle of the people. Technology is beneficial and a great tool if put in the proper hands, but technology can also be a detrimental and mischievous tool if in the wrong hands. So we must still keep an eye on the use of technology, especially by our kids, and grand kids.